By Stanley Iwuoha
The National Broadcasting Commission is challenging broadcast media in Ondo state to emulate the professional conduct of their counterparts in the just concluded Edo governorship election.
The NBC said broadcasters in Edo exhibited professionalism and total compliance to the broadcasting code in the just concluded Edo state governorship election and so deserved some praises.
In a statement on Sunday signed by Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ekanem Antia, the Commission said Edo state broadcasters discharged their duties and expressed appreciation to all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria for the professional and ethical broadcast, which no doubt, contributed majorly to ensuring Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in the State. It enjoined their counterparts in Ondo to replicate the same feat in the forthcoming governorship election on Saturday.
”The National Broadcasting Commission, as part of her mandate, monitored for compliance, the conduct and Content of Broadcasting Stations before, during and after the just-concluded Edo State Elections in line with the NBC ACT, CAP11, Laws of the Federation 2004.
”In view of this, the National Broadcasting Commission appreciates all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria for the professional and ethical broadcast, which no doubt, contributed majorly to ensuring Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections in the State.
”The Commission enjoins broadcasting Stations in Ondo State to borrow a leaf from their colleagues in Edo State by using the Nigeria Broadcasting Code as guide to ensure Free, Fair and credible elections,” the statement said.
It reminded the broadcasters of its earlier warning on the deadline issued for stoppage of continuous violations of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code with repeated broadcast of NTBB’s (NOT-TO-BE-BROADCAST) Musicals, and vowed to sanction any breach in line with its mandate.
”The Commission also used the medium ion of Broadcasters, particularly, operators of Pay Television services and Free-To-Air TV services on the deadline issued by the Commission for stoppage of continuous violations of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code with repeated broadcast of NTBB’s (NOT-TO-BE-BROADCAST) Musicals.”
”The Commission would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions to violators for any breach in line with its mandate.”
Recall that the Commission had earlier warned that the broadcast of vulgar and obscene musical videos, which some have attributed to the increased trend of rape and other social vices, will not be tolerated from 0ctober 1st, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Commission used the medium to announce that the release of the list of Broadcast Stations sanctioned in the 2nd Quarter, 2020, for various breaches.
The list, according it indicates Stations sanctioned for vulgar lyrics, unverifiable claims, repeated broadcast of NTBB’s.
The NBC insisted that broadcasters have a duty to promote the corporate existence of Nigeria, and the socio-economic well-being of the Nigerian State.