IPC, CSOs Reject Proposed Tariff Regulation for Satellite TV in New NBC Amendment Bill

The International Press Centre (IPC), as well as civil society organisations (CSOs) have rejected the proposed tariff regulations for satellite television in the new National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act amendment bill. The stakeholders made their views known on Wednesday in Abuja during the public hearing of a bill to amend the NBC Act organised by the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values. … Continue reading IPC, CSOs Reject Proposed Tariff Regulation for Satellite TV in New NBC Amendment Bill

FG seeks powers to license, regulate internet broadcast, online media

The Federal Government on Wednesday sought power to regulate private broadcasting in the country using the internet and other online outlets, saying the government has an obligation to monitor broadcast content. Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who spoke at a public hearing on a bill to amend the National Broadcasting Act organsied by the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values said … Continue reading FG seeks powers to license, regulate internet broadcast, online media

Telcos back licensing of Twitter, others

… NCC, not NBC, should licence Nigerian telecommunications operators have thrown their weight behind the directive of the Federal Government to register Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers in the country. They, however, said the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)  is the appropriate agency to undertake such registration rather than the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) directed to commence the registration by the government. While not ruling out the … Continue reading Telcos back licensing of Twitter, others

Twitter ban: ECOWAS court to hear suit against FG June 22

The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has fixed June 22 for a hearing on a motion in a suit challenging the Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria. The plaintiffs are the Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 420 Nigerians, including former Minister of Education Oby … Continue reading Twitter ban: ECOWAS court to hear suit against FG June 22

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey tweets Nigerian flag as country marks Democracy Day

Despite the ongoing face-off between social media giant Twitter and the Nigerian government, the co-founder and CEO of the platform Jack Dorsey tweeted the flag of the country, an apparent reference to the celebration of Democracy Day in the country. The tweet was published at 12 am Nigerian time on Saturday. Twitter walked itself into the Nigerian government’s black book earlier this month after deleting … Continue reading Twitter’s Jack Dorsey tweets Nigerian flag as country marks Democracy Day

Finally, Senate President Lawan speaks on Twitter ban

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has broken his silence on the suspension of micro blogging and social network platform, Twitter, in Nigeria. Recall that the Minister of information and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, had last Friday announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country. Mohammed stated that the government was forced to act because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that … Continue reading Finally, Senate President Lawan speaks on Twitter ban

FG Dumps Twitter Account, Joins Indian Microblogging Competitor, Koo

Barely a week after suspending the operations of American-owned microblogging site, Twitter, the Nigerian government has joined Koo, an Indian microblogging platform. Last week, Twitter had pulled down a tweet of President Muhammadu Buhari on the civil war. Three days later, the Federal Government suspended Twitter, alleging that it is undermining the interest of the country. Nigerians had circumvented the ban through Virtual Private Networks … Continue reading FG Dumps Twitter Account, Joins Indian Microblogging Competitor, Koo

NCC Concludes Cost-Based Study on International Termination Rate Determination

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has concluded the process for determining the cost-based price of Mobile International Termination Rate (ITR) to ensure healthy competition on traffic handling for voice services between local and international operators in Nigeria. The Commission made this known at the final Stakeholders’ Forum for the presentation of the study on cost-based pricing of mobile ITR, undertaken by Messrs Payday Advance and … Continue reading NCC Concludes Cost-Based Study on International Termination Rate Determination

Twitter ban: PDP seeks visa ban on Buhari, Malami, others

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and other members of the international community to immediately impose visa ban on President Muhammadu Buhari for stifling free speech in Nigeria. The party said the visa ban should be extended to the Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed and certain leaders of the ruling All Progressives … Continue reading Twitter ban: PDP seeks visa ban on Buhari, Malami, others

Twitter Seeks Resolution Of Impasse With Nigeria, As FG Gives Conditions For Lifting Ban

There appears to be moves at finding a peaceful resolution of the impasse between the Federal Government and Microblogging giant, Twitter as indications emerged on Wednesday that the American based company has reached out to the government of Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Wednesday, confirmed the readiness of the popular social media giant, Twitter, for engagements with the Federal Government. … Continue reading Twitter Seeks Resolution Of Impasse With Nigeria, As FG Gives Conditions For Lifting Ban