The National Broadcasting Commission has said a bill to regulate social media has passed the first reading at the National Assembly.
According to People’s Gazette, NBC sponsored the bill to repeal and reenact the NBC Act CAP L11 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
NBC Director-General, Balarabe Ilelah, disclosed this on Tuesday when he hosted information minister Mohammed Idris at the commission’s headquarters.
Expressing his dissatisfaction that the current law does not give NBC the right to regulate social media, Mr Ilelah described the ills of social media as a “monster.”
He said, “We want to tell you that a bill for an act to repeal and amend the National Broadcasting Commission (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, Nigeria Broadcast Institute, social media regulation and related matters has been read for the first time on the floor of the national assembly.
“All these that are mentioned are not captured in the present act of the commission. We have already submitted a bill to amend the act. One of our major problems now is social media.
“Unless there is a law that allows NBC to act on social media issues, the issue will continue to be a monster in our daily lives in this country.”