May 26th, 2019.
The National Broadcasting commission of Nigeria (NBC) has outrightly denied the news report that the commission had issued radio license to herdsmen, but rather, the license was given to National Commission for Nomadic Education in a bid to foster development in nomadic education programs.
According to the statement by Antia Ekanem, an assistant director in the commission, the national nomadic education commission duly requested for the broadcast license in a bid to achieving her objective of developing and maintaining nomadic education programs which includes electronically mediated one.
“The Commission is reacting to the media controversy over the license granted to the National Commission for Nomadic Education for the establishment of a radio station to operate on the AM band.
“The National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a Broadcast license in furtherance of its objectives to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically mediated ones.
“The letter of provisional approval dated September 28th, 2018, was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education. The duration of the license is from October 8th, 2018 to October 8th, 2023.
“The station’s programmes, which shall be purely educational, are designed to cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants. Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person, or organization to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group,” the NBC said.