By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
ABUJA: The National Broadcasting Commission(NBC) has ordered Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower, to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola, Adamawa state until normal statutory approvals have been requested by Daar Communications Plc and issued by the NBC.
The Commission in a statement by the Ag. Head, Public Affairs, Antia Ekanem, said that the directive was given after it noted that the station went ahead to start test transmission even after its operatives had been reminded by the NBC, Yola State Office, of the need to obtain the necessary statutory approvals as stipulated in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code before such a test transmission could commence.
According to Ekanem, “the Commission noted that it is regrettable that Daar Communication Plc, as an old licensee of the Commission, will fail to follow due process and would proceed on test transmission on Sunday, April 22, 2018, without clearance from the NBC.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission hereby draws the attention of all, to the following sections of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code: Section 22.214.171.124 which states thus: In all cases, a representative of the Commission shall be required for the testing to be conducted on new transmitting equipment.”
The Commission however re-emphasised that all broadcasters must adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code and the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federation, 2004.