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For broadcast organisations owing the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission licensing fees, it will no longer be business as usual.

This is the position of the commission’s Director General, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, who said any broadcasting station that fails to come up with a payment plan before September 15 would be shut down.

A total of N4.3 billion is being owed the commission by broadcasters in Nigeria.

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Kawu said it would not be ideal to mention the broadcasting stations due to the relationship between the parties and that the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

“There will be a consultative meeting between BON and NBC.

“Stations must try to regularise or work on a payment plan. The truth of the matter is if there is nothing definite done by trying to pay the money owed NBC we are going to close down quite a number of radio and television stations.

“Especially because we know that a lot of them are targeting elections and the money they will make.

“We will make it impossible for them to make that money because if they do not pay their licensing fees, then they have no right to enjoy any freebies from elections.

According to him, there was an agreement between the debtors and the NBC in February 2017 on how to recover the outstanding sums.

However, he noted that the stations had reneged on the agreement.

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