“Nobody will go up to Aso Villa and get some black market deal anymore”- NBC boss

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[Abuja]–The Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission(NBC), Modibbo Kawu, has revealed that times are now different in the country, stating that unlike before “nobody will go up to Aso Villa and get some black market deal anymore”.

He made this statement  on Friday in Abuja during the announcement of the extension of the deadline for the payment of outstanding licence fees for broadcast stations by three months.

The extension of the deadline, which is now June 30, 2017, follows an initial announcement by the Commission to shut down broadcast stations owing the Federal Government over five billion Naira by March 31, 2017, if they are unable to pay the full amount by the set date.

Mr. Kawu said more than 54 broadcast licences have been revoked since 2015, adding that the number of revocations would rise as new applicants for broadcast licences replace indebted broadcasters.

The NBC boss, in an earlier interview with Channels TV did that “there are those who used political connections with the top-most political leadership in Nigeria in the past to get illegal and undue favours that ran contrary to the NBC Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.”

He added that things are now different and nobody will get undue favour anymore.

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