The National Broadcasting Commission is a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria established by Section 1 of the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. NII, laws of the Federation, 2004 and vested with the responsibilities of, amongst other things, regulating and controlling the broadcasting Industry in Nigeria.
Statutorily, the Commission is composed of a Chairman and 9 members (later amended by law to 10), who are part-time members, and who shall hold office for three years, renewable for another three years only. The Director General of the Commission, who is the Chief Executive, is also a member of the Commission, but he has tenure of 5 years in the first instance, and may be reappointed for such periods as the President may determine.
The Pioneer Board, which was inaugurated on October 6, 1992, was chaired by Mr. Peter Enahoro. It served till 1994. Other pioneer Board members were Chief Ralph Okpara mni, Prof Elo Amucheazi, Alhaji Hassan Sani Kontagora, Chief B. Akin Odunsi, Mr. T. J. Onomigbo Okpoko S.A.N, Mr. Ede O. Dafinone, Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Ka’oje, Mrs. Modukpe Adeogun, Dr. Dotun Okubanjo and Alhaji Sidi H. Ali and Dr. A. Tom Adaba, who was the Pioneer Director General. Mr. Bright Igbako was the Pioneer Secretary to the Commission.
The Second Board, Chaired by Mr. Otu Robert Akpan served from 2001 to 2003. Other members were Alhaji Kolawole Bidmus, Mrs Pamela Ezinwa Ukaku, Prince Godwin Atibile, Dr. John Apeh, Hajiya A’ishatu Modibbo, Ms. Ade Adeniran Ogunsanya, Hon Benjamin Okoko, and Alhaji Umar Usman Lamido. Mal Nasir Danladi Bako was the Second Director General, taking over from Dr. A. Tom Adaba in 1999 and served till 2002. He was succeeded by Dr. Silas Babajiya Yisa, who served from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Mudashiru Adebayo Atoyebi served as Acting Director General from August 2006 till March 2007, when Engr Yomi Bolarinwa took over from him as Ag Director General.
The Third Board, was inaugurated on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 with Alhaji Ibrahim Najume as Chairman. Other members are Alhaji Abdullahi Kuda, Chief Peter Nwaboshi, Chief Doyin Ogungbe, Engr Yakubu Rasheed, Chief Patrick Adaba, Yomi Ayorinde, Hon Barr Akhere Ugbesia, Hon Mike Mku, Engr Yomi Bolarinwa,Director General, Mrs Odusote representing Federal Ministry of Information and Communications.
The Fourth Board was inaugurated on December 5, 2013 chaired by Professor Herbert Orji, with Hon Mohamed Kabir Umar, Hon Mike Iheanacho, Hon Ayorinde Ebenezer Oluwayomi, Mr. Yakubu Buji, Alh Isa Badamasi Dahiru, Prince Dennis O. Sami, Mr Jude Nnodum SAN, The Director General, Mr. Emeka Mba and Mr Peter Dama representing the Ministry of Information. The board was dissolved on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Fifth Board was inaugurated on March 2, 2018. Current Board of the Commission, is chaired by Alhaji Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, with Malam Danladi Bako, Dr Yusha’u Ahmed M., Hon. TIJANI U. Marafa, Hajia Rabi Ana Haruna, Hon. Agbo K. Ndubuisi, Chief Ajibade Emiabata Balogun, Barr. Saliu Bamidele Aluko, Engr Garba Lawal Dass, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu (Director General) who has been replaced by Prof Armstrong Idachaba (Ag DG), and Mr Peter Dama representing the Ministry of Information.
The Commission's responsibilities include advising the federal government, on the implementation of the National Mass Communication Policy, with particular reference to broadcasting, as well as licensing Cable, DTH, and all terrestrial radio and television services. The Commission is also responsible for undertaking research and development in the broadcast industry, upholding the principles of equity and fairness in broadcasting and establishing and disseminating a national broadcasting code while also setting standards with regards to the contents and quality of materials broadcast.