Nigeria: FG Tasks Broadcasting Firms on Positive Programmes

Regulation & Policy

The Federal Government has charged all broadcasting media organisations in the country to ensure that all programmes that are broadcast to the viewing public are programmes that would help in deepening positive development of Nigeria.

Minister of Information and Communication, John Odey, stated this at a meeting with operators of terrestrial radio and television stations. Odey, who was represented by the Director General, NBC, Yomi Bolarinwa, noted that broadcasting is an important tool in influencing the populace, it is therefore crucial for all media outfits in the country to obey the Nigeria Broadcast codes.

His words, "I appeal to you to intensify your public enlightenment activities to create a national ethos around government programmes, appreciate it, identify with it, and thereby, help to take our nation to the Promised Land."

He continued, "We can also take direction from the our constitution. We can see that our national ethics include discipline, integrity and the dignity of labour as well as social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism.

As agenda-setting citizens of Nigeria, it is our duty to rally the Nigerian populace around these wonderful values. We must positively mould the character of Nigerians, especially our youths, whom we must show what is right and what is wrong, and in which direction we must go in order to build the egalitarian society of our dram."

He also urged reporters and broadcasters to always respect the 1999 Constitution, this will ensure that all media operators do not go wrong in news reporting.

Director General NBC, Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, in his welcome address earlier said broadcasting is vital to the development of a nation and Nigeria, and therefore it must be use with "wisdom and vision".

He condemned some broadcast stations for their choice of words saying, "The commission is deeply concerned that today bad language and swear words, violence, vulgar lyrics and nudity in our musicals are more of the rule than the exception, despite all the monitoring and sanctioning by the commission.

Vanguard (Lagos) 16 December 2008