The Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) is set to reopen this week after it was shut down by Nigeria’s broadcast regulator the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) last summer.
The service was taken off the air on July 15, 2018 after it made an unauthorised announcement about the results of the previous day’s state governorship election.
The directive was issued by state governor Kayode Fayemi in a statement. It read: “The re-opening is sequel to the submission of a report by the panel set up by the state government to look into the remote and immediate causes of the closure as well as Governor Fayemi’s intervention.
“Following the governor’s engagement with the NBC leadership, the regulatory body agreed to an instalmental payment of the fines slammed on the station.
“Consequently, the governor approved the January 1, 2019 commencement date and directed that all arrangements for the re-opening be concluded within the next week.”
“While appreciating NBC management, under the leadership of Isha’q Modibbo Kawu, for its understanding, Governor Fayemi said the government would put necessary structures in place to ensure that BSES is henceforth run professionally.”