From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Local investors have accused the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), of colluding with foreign broadcast outfits to defraud Nigeria by not providing level playing ground between local and foreign competitors.
The local investors under the Association of Cable Operators of Nigeria (ACON) fingered NCC for selective enforcement of its regulations in a manner favouring dominance of foreign programmes thereby leading to loss of billions in national income and erosion of the local culture and values.
ACON stressed these pains during a public outcry anchored by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi and hosted by Chief Joe Unuame, Chairman of Warri based Worldlink Communications Limited.
“It’s a surprise that the Nigerian airwave is progressively surrendered to foreign control for commercial reasons without provision for sustainable growth of the local industry especially at the level of Terrestrial Pay TV,” Osisanya-Afolabi said..
His words: “In the envisaged merger of NBC and NCC, we urge the authorities to value broadcasting as a veritable tool for championing the sovereignty of our country and platform for promoting our cultures. Therefore be mindful of its sensitivities in considering its conditions of acquisition and operation.
“Cable operators are taken aback by DSTV/Multichoice’s roll out of cable service in their GOTV platform despite being licenced is for mobile TV service. We wonder, if separate laws or operating policies are made for certain operators while the local industry is stifled
“We detest this unfair treatment and call on the authorities to immediately stop the GOTV service as it is being presently deployed and commissioned in Nigeria.”
ACON senses that foreign operators are being sponsored by their various home governments in post-colonial move to take over the economy with the regulators turning blind eye to these remote moves.
“We pledge our support in the task of riding the society of these illegal operators nationwide”, they emphasised.
“We will consider taking legal action against those patronizing unauthorised local pirates of its signals if the relentless warning to desist continues to fall into deaf ears.