Amid moves to regulate operations of social media platforms and online broadcasting in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Armstrong Idachaba as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
This comes barely 24 hours after Idachaba in a newspaper advertorial published on Thursday, asked all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for broadcast licences.
It followed the Federal Government’s announcement that Twitter and other social media platforms must register as a Nigerian company for them to do business in the country.
Idachaba had argued in the advertorial that the NBC establishment code empowers the commission to ask the companies to be licensed.
However, on Friday, the Ministry of Information and Culture announced the appointment of Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the Director-General of the NBC.
Specifically, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed the development in a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi.
Mr. Idachaba was appointed acting Director-General of the commission replacing Modibbo Kawu who was suspended for alleged financial impropriety in February 2020.
By Victor Uzoho
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....