Wednesday 24th May, 2017
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Stakeholders urge NBC to check excesses of private radio/tv stations

Stakeholders urge NBC to check excesses of private radio/tv stations

Media stakeholders have urged the National Broadcasting Commis­sion (NBC) to put in place neces­sary mechanisms to check the ex­cesses of some private radio and television stations in the country.
The appeal was made in a com­muniqué at the end of a two-day seminar on Media and Society, signed by Abdulkadir Ibrahim, Consultant to the Kano State Ministry of Information, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
The communiqué said that ad­equate mechanism would ensure that sanity prevailed in the indus­try and for public good, unity and tranquility.
It said that NBC should en­force compliance of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code by owners of broadcast stations and operators of media “training” institutions, particularly with regards to re­cruitment of personnel.
According to the communiqué, the NUJ, NGE and the Newspa­per Proprietors Association of Nigeria should ensure the imple­mentation of the eligibility crite­ria for entry into and practice of journalism in Nigeria.
It said that the implementation of the eligibility criteria should be in line with the Nigerian Press Council Decree No 85 of 1992 (Now Act).
“All professional and trade unions of media workers and owners, notably the NUJ, NGE, BON and NPAN should partner with the Nigerian Press Council.
“Make it mandatory for all po­tential journalists to register with the relevant professional and regulatory bodies after fulfilling a basic requirement and be accred­ited to practice.
“They must also sign to uphold the code of conduct and ethics for Nigerian Journalists.’’
It further called on journalists to perform their duties in accor­dance with the rule and regula­tions, code of conduct and ethics, legislation, the guidelines of regu­latory and professional bodies.
It added that they should also be conscious of the laws of libel and slander, accurate and fair in reporting events and respect the privacy of individuals, rights and privileges of children and minors.
“Journalists should uphold the obligations of the mass media as provided in the 1999 Constitu­tion as amended while comply­ing with section 39 of the Consti­tution.
“They should be emotionally intelligent at all times; think con­structively; act wisely; seek and report the truth and promote public good and national unity.
“They should constantly up­date their knowledge through training and re-training, semi­nars and refresher courses while employers should ensure regular professional and technical train­ing of their staff to meet the chal­lenges of insufficient and unpro­fessional manpower.”
It also called on the National Assembly to hasten the passage of the “Journalism Enhancement Bill’ into law.
It said the bill proposed mini­mum entry point for edito­rial staff, conditions of service to commensurate with what ob­tained at the Federal Civil Ser­vice and the payment of Hazard Allowance to journalists, among others.
The communique also stated that the media should be fully utilised by the government in societal re-orientation on patrio­tism, discipline, good neighbour­liness, peaceful coexistence and adherence to the rule of law.
 

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