The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has debunked claims in some quarters that licence was given to fulani herdsmen to operate a media outlet, with many saying its a means to ” fulanise” Nigeria.
The NBC on clarifying the matter has stated that the license was given to National Commission for Nomadic Education to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes.
In a statement, Ekanem Antia, an assistant director in the commission says:
“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.