A politician and veteran broadcaster, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, has been appointed as the new Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the appointment of Ilelah is for a tenure of five years.

The statement added that Ilelha takes over from Professor Armstrong Idachaba who headed the commission in an acting capacity.

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Ilelah’s appointment is coming after NBC asked broadcast stations to deactivate their Twitter accounts following a suspension of the microblogging site by the federal government.

The commission also asked all social media platforms and online broadcast platforms to register with the commission.

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Profile Of Ilelah

Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster, politician, and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The new NBC Director-General ran for Bauchi South Senatorial seat under the APC platform in 2019 but lost to PDP candidate.

Ilelah had lived in the Soviet Union for years with his wife and children before moving to China.

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He grew up in Bauchi, attended Kobi primary school, Bauchi as well as Junior Secondary School Misau.

graduate of Bayero University Kano, Balarabe Ilelah had worked with NTA Bauchi before leaving Nigeria for the then Soviet Union as a journalist.


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