By Emmanuel Elebeke
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, on Friday warned all broadcasting stations operating in the country to adhere strictly to the provisions of the broadcasting code or risk sanctions.
Director General of the Commission, Mr. Emeka Mba, said, “the Commission acknowledged the effort of the broadcasting stations in lubricating the nation’s political space but noted that some stations have been operating outside the provisions of the code in a manner that could become counter-productive to the national objectives of peaceful, free and fair elections.
“We are in exciting times. Political campaigns are underway and the nation is agog with politicians going round the country trying to persuade the electorates to support them at the poles, this is how it should be, that is the beauty of democracy.
“The NBC, however, has been monitoring the activities of broadcasting stations and note that since the advent of the political campaigns, stations have been performing their sacred duty of informing and educating the Nigerian people, conveying the messages of the politicians to the people. That is how it should be, that is their duty as the lubricants of the democratic process.
“We appreciate that the role of radio and television have gone beyond reporting its findings on the surveillance of the environment, broadcasting has evolved into a critical culture in promoting social, cultural, and political objectives. That is why the Nigerian broadcasting code is at pains to spell out the political objectives of broadcasting, which provides the perspectives and guidelines issued to broadcasters for the coverage of the elections,” he said.
Mba said that the Commission discovered that in carrying out their responsibilities, some stations have been operating outside the provisions of the code in the manner that could become damaging to the national objective of peaceful, free and fair elections.