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Friday 19th October 2018,
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HURIWA decries alleged plots to engender monopoly in Nigeria’s digital broadcasting sub-sector

HURIWA decries alleged plots to engender monopoly in Nigeria’s digital broadcasting sub-sector

A pro-democracy and non-governmental organization, the Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has raised alarm over an alleged grand conspiracy by National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the House of Representative Ad-hoc Committee on Digital Switchover (DSO) to engender monopoly in the digital broadcasting sub-sector.

The group made this known in Abuja at a press conference by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, on Sunday.

According to Mr. Onwubiko, the NBC has perfected plans to retrieve the operational license it granted to Integrated Television Services (ITS), a publicly-owned digital communication enterprise, in order to pave way for a privately owned digital signal operator to dominate the sub-sector to the detriment of the Nigerian people.


HURIWA decries alleged plots to engender monopoly in Nigeria’s digital broadcasting sub-sector


HURIWA also condemned the role played by one Tony Dara, a former staff of NTA, to discredit, in the public domain, the government-owned digital communication enterprise in order to drum support and sympathy for the privately-owned privately owned digital signal operator.

It further said it would file a protest against the Ad-hoc Committee to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Onwubiko said: “We are obliged to alert Nigerians of the grand conspiracy to retrieve the operational license granted by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to the Integrated Television Services – a digital communication enterprise established by the publicly owned Nigerian Television Authority.

“Let us also express our strong condemnation for the ignominious and ignoble role being played by one Mr. Tony Dara, an erstwhile staff of NTA who has of recent being noticed signing series of advertorials targeting the corporate integrity of the Integrated Television Services (ITS) with some allegations that the transmitters this government enterprise uses for the Digital Switchover are out of fashion.

“This signatory to the numerous commercial advertorials in the person of Mr. Tony Dara has also been referred to as an authority in broadcast engineering.

“But our research shows that his employment with NTA was terminated for purportedly absconding from duty.

“All these campaigns of calumny are obviously targeted at forcing the hand of the broadcast regulator to retrieve the DSO license it gave to the publicly owned ITS,” Onwubiko said.


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