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Breaking DSO Jinx At NBC With Innovative Licensing

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Therefore, it is only after the successful DSO that the 700 and portions of the 800mhz could be transferred to NFMC.

What the above explanation clearly tells us, especially those with discerning minds is that the unfortunate allegation that NBC sold spectrum is misleading, baseless and unfounded.

 Moreover, for those conversant with the workings of the NBC, especially stakeholders and practitioners, it is an open secret that approvals are based on applications after a thorough assessment of the need and impact on the audiences and the market.

It would interest readers to also know that this was the same approach used by the NBC for IPTV and other forms of over the top services.

 Another allegation that I find laughable is the idiotic claim that NBC has no right to sell telecoms spectrum that belongs exclusively to NCC.

As a matter of fact, NBC never sold any spectrum that belongs exclusively to the NCC and can never do such.

It is a law abiding body that is professionally manned and managed by law abiding citizens with track records of proven integrity and enviable pedigrees.

My extensive findings, after consulting widely with authorities on the subject matter, revealed that the spectrum in question does not belong to the NCC.

These stakeholders whose views are hugely respected in the industry within and outside our shores, further posited that it is within the sole authority of the broadcasting sector and therefore under the purview of the NBC.

 Sincerely speaking, what the NBC deserves currently are accolades and commendations for single-handedly moving Nigeria towards achieving DSO and not bashings and allegations of not seeking the permission of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC) and not following due process in the sale of the spectrum.

What a distraction from those who do not want anything good to come out of Nigeria, mostly now that President Muhammadu Buhari’s mantra of CHANGE is boldly and positively sweeping across our country.

Are the purveyors of these blatant lies saying they were not aware that these frequencies had since been allotted?

Are they also saying that they were oblivious that the segment for broadcasting had been ceded to the NBC by the NFMC a long time ago, same way with the telecom frequencies with the NCC?

Honestly speaking, I still cannot fathom what these wailing wailers (apologies to Femi Adesina) meant by this ignoble and unpatriotic statement.

They need our collective support to succeed in this new endeavour; therefore we must commend and not condemn them.

 Lastly, we should doff our hats for the NBC for tracking and jamming the operations of the illegal radio station, ‘Radio Biafra’, which has been broadcasting with impunity in some south eastern states.

NBC has not only succeeded in jamming the signals of their transmission in Owerri, but has equally installed sophisticated jamming equipment in Enugu, to forestall the spread of their illegal activities.

 And as you read this, the commission is currently working and synergising with the Department of State Security (DSS) to apprehend the culprits behind this menace.

Indeed, the NBC under the competent leadership of Emeka Mba, a tested and trusted public servant has broken the DSO jinx through innovative licensing.