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Association commends FG, Lai Mohammed on competitive digital broadcast rights in Nigeria



Members of Nigeria Cable Dealers Association (NCDA) on Tuesday took to the streets of Port Harcourt to appreciate the Federal Government for ending the monopoly in sports content in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.

The group, which comprised no fewer than five indigenous cable television companies, also lauded the Federal government for dealing with what they called exclusivity in the industry and putting to rest the monopoly by foreign concerns in Nigeria.

The Federal Government had on Monday stated that the recent amendment to the sixth edition of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code by the National Broadcasting Commission, as part of ongoing reforms in the sector, was in the best interest of Nigeria.

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known at the NBC’s 28th anniversary and sixth annual lecture in Abuja.

The amendment prohibits exclusivity of sporting rights and raised the fine for hate speech to N5 million.

Members of the group began their march at the Nigerian Television Authority, Port Harcourt Zonal Centre, where they presented a `Thank you letter to the minister’ to the Zonal Director, Bosede Adebayo.

The members, who marched through major roads in the metropolis, carried placards with inscriptions like: `Make Pay TV Affordable; NBC, Help Us; Don’t beat us in our country’; and Goodbye to Exclusivity’.

Other placards carried had “Broadcast Is our Business; No To Sports Exclusivity; End Monopoly in Nigeria; Yes to Competition; End 20 years of Monopoly’’.

In a statement distributed to journalists, the Rivers Branch of the NCDA also thanked the National Broadcasting Commission and the Minister for their selfless contributions to the industry.

The statement signed by the State Coordinator of the group, Aduma Ule, said the current review in the industry “is a win, win for all cable television companies in Nigeria and will encourage competition.The

“We thank the Minister of Information for a painstaking assignment that culminated in the removal of exclusivity in the industry. We are also sure that it will also contribute to economic growth.

“As a group, we are in support of the decision and actions of the Federal Government in removing the monopoly which has been a stumbling block in the industry.

“When businesses are encouraged by policies and laws, they give birth to other businesses to grow the economy.

“History will be kind to this administration for its resoluteness and uncompromising position in dealing with issues of monopoly and exclusivity in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.’’

In her response, the Director, NTA Port Harcourt Zonal Centre, Bosede Adebayo, promised to convey the group’s letter to the Federal Government through appropriate channel.

NAN reports that the group also visited Radio Nigeria, Treasure FM, Port Harcourt, where they delivered a similar message to the General Manager, Fred Nwaulune.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Bayo Sekoni (NAN)

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