The Nigerian Government has disclosed its plans to regulate Netflix and other online content providers over exploitation of Nigerians and attempt to “cause chaos” capable of undermining Nigeria’s democratic processes.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this at a two-day conference, adding that the demand for streaming services in Nigeria has grown immensely with the COVID-19 pandemic, “hence there is need for regulation.”
The federal government and industry stakeholders came to discuss “the implication of Nigeria censorship laws and regulatory framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) streaming services and content providers in Nigeria.”
Mohammed was represented by Director, Information and Technology in the ministry, Comfort Ajiboye, who reiterated his position that social media and streaming services can be used “to cause chaos and undermine democratic processes.”
“With over 50 per cent internet penetration, it has become imperative to convene this conference to bring together stakeholders and legislators in a conversation so as to come up with crystal policies on the regulation of streamers and content providers,”