The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it has sent a bill to regulate social media to the national assembly.
The regulator is seeking to repeal and reenact the 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.
When he hosted Mohammed Idris minister of information and national orientation, at the commission’s headquarters, Balarabe Ilelah, NBC director-general, described the ills of social media as a “monster”.
He explained that social media was one of NBC’s major problems and that Unless there is a law that allows NBC to act on social media issues, the issue will continue to be a monster in the daily lives of this country. Ilelah said the current law does not allow NBC to regulate social media.
The Federal government has made several efforts to regulate social media in the past without much success.
The current bill that NBC is pushing has passed its first reading.