The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Press Council, Henry Nwosu has explained the reasons for requesting payments for the registration of journalists and media houses
He said the Council had wanted to use the registration of journalists and media houses to generate funds, noting that it needs the licence fees of journalists and media houses to survive without depending on the federal government for support.
Recall that the federal government had tried to use the press council bill to regulate the media.
In July 2021, the bill, alongside others like the National Broadcasting Commission bill, was met with resistance from the press.
Nwosu disclosed this during budget defence organized by the committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values.
It would be recalled that the chairman of the committee, Segun Odebunmi sponsored the draconian anti-media bills.
At the hearing on Wednesday, Mr Nwosu said the “Journalists are to register with the council, have a licence to operate. That way we can have some funds for the coffers of the council. These are the ideas we are thinking can help instead of depending entirely on the federal government for revenue; we can generate some amount every year from the registration of journalists and the registrations of media houses.”
He appealed to lawmakers to enact laws that will ensure that media houses and journalists are mandated to get registration from the council.
Odebunmi further claimed the committee was committed to regulating the media, but the regulation will only be a product of broad consultation with all the stakeholders.
He stressed that the committee will get funding from the House to embark on the consultation drive.