The Kwara state government has paid the outstanding license fees of ₦22.5 million to the National Broadcasting Commission, which have been accumulating since 2006.
The governor of the state, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, authorized the immediate payment of the ₦22.5 million to the Commission.
The NBC closed Radio Kwara FM 99.1, AM and Kwara Television stations and 49 other radio and television stations across the country last Friday due to media stations’ delinquency.
However, the Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Mr. Olabode Towoju, stated in a statement released Wednesday evening in Ilorin that the state government had paid 10 million of the original debt of ₦32.5 million in September last year.
According to Towoju, in the statement signed by the press secretary of the Ministry of Communications Ayobami Ashaolu, “The Kwara state has been blessed with a responsible and highly responsive governor. This debt has been transferred from the previous governments in the state since 2006.
“As one who puts Kwara first, the governor is committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of the people, and this can also be compared to the way he promptly paid off the UBEC counterpart funds that the government hadn’t paid for him.
‘No doubt Kwara is indeed blessed with a good governor. No wonder he has been called the ‘exceptional governor’.”
The commissioner added: “The way Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has mobilized funds to various sectors of the state to ensure smooth functioning of the system is highly commendable.
“He believes in results and as a ‘no excuse’ man, once the money is released there is no excuse not to deliver.
“It may be recalled that when the governor took office, the governor provided funds for the accreditation of courses in state tertiary institutions because of his commitment to the education sector, and not only that, our health system has never had it better,” Towoju said.
The commissioner urged the people of the state to ensure that the government was committed to ensuring that the state remained a “moving and progressive state”, and called on the people of the state to “put Kwara first” in all their dealings.