ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that a bill aimed at regulating social media has successfully passed its first reading in the National Assembly.
NBC has taken the initiative to sponsor this bill, seeking to repeal and reenact the NBC Act CAP L11 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
NBC Director-General Balarabe Ilelah made this revelation during a meeting with Information Minister Mohammed Idris at the commission’s headquarters on Tuesday.
Expressing his dissatisfaction with the current legislation, which does not grant NBC the authority to regulate social media, Mr. Ilelah referred to the challenges posed by social media as a “monster.”
“We want to tell you that a bill for an act to repeal and amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) act, CAP L11 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, to accommodate the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting service, also to promote quality audio and video, efficient management of the spectrum, Nigeria Broadcast Institute, social media regulation and related matters has been read for the first time on the floor of the national assembly,” Mr Ilelah explained.
The NBC boss added, “All these that are mentioned are not captured in the present act of the commission. We have already submitted a bill to amend the act. One of our major problems now is social media.
“Unless there is a law that allows NBC to act on social media issues, the issue will continue to be a monster in our daily lives in this country.”