ABuja—The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it had succeeded in jamming the transmission signals of Radio Biafra, which had been operating illegally from an unknown location.
Dr Yemi Folasade-Esan, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information, stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after he had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the ministry.
Folasade-Esan said that Buhari was adequately briefed on the activities of the illegal radio station and the successful blocking of its transmission signals.
“We also gave a report on (Radio Biafra) that right now, the signals from Radio Biafra have been jammed. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has successfully jammed that.
“The NBC is also working with security operatives to get those behind that radio because it is an illegal radio. It is not licensed by anybody to be on Nigeria’s airwaves.“
The permanent secretary disclosed that she also briefed the President on the activities of the nine parastatals and agencies under the ministry as well as the Federal Information Centres in the states of the federation.
According to her, the president raised concern about piracy and instructed the ministry to work harder to reduce piracy to ensure that the producers of intellectual property such as Nigerian movies, get what is due to them.
Folasade-Esan identified inadequate funding as one of the major challenges the ministry and its agencies were experiencing.
She said that the ministry was considering resuscitating its federal information services in each state of the federation considering their importance to the success of its mandate.
“Most of the challenges have to do with inadequate funding. We talked especially about National Press Centre that is not working up to the level it should work.
“We also talked about the Federal Information Centres. You will recall that we have Federal Information Centres in every state of the federation.
“They are not working optimally as well and we brought that to the fore because that is actually one of the strengths of the Federal Ministry of Information.
“We also talked a lot about the external publicity and the possibility of reopening the Federal Information Services abroad.“