General Manager Radio Kwara Mr Kayode Aremu has explained that the licence renewal debt over which the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) seeks to sanction the Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation has accumulated from 2006.
Aremu made this revelation in a press statement issued by him on Friday in reaction to the NBC announcement.
The licence debt, according to the Radio Kwara chief, affects Midland FM, AM and Kwara Television.
NBC had directed several broadcast stations across the country to shutdown over default in the payment of their licence fees.
Aremu however assured that Kwara State is already in talks with the NBC.
He also noted that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had in 2021 paid the sum of N10 million out of the accumulated debt.
“Apart from the N10m of the longstanding debt already settled by the current administration as of November 30, 2022, His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has assured the stations of immediate resolution of the debt, which stands at N20.5m,” the statement read.
It added: “Talks are already ongoing with the NBC.
“Members of the public are to note that the two stations will remain active, while an understanding is reached with the NBC in the interest of all.”