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NBC visits Minister, echoes feats on DSO, seeks compliance to broadcasting code

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, has given fresh insights on the efforts of the commission in driving the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Nigeria.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the DG, who noted that so far, Jos, Abuja, Kwara, Kaduna, Enugu and Osun states, respectively, have been switched on, revealed that plans are underway to switch on other states.

He noted that the success recorded on the DSO, has been made possible because of the support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Malam Kawu, who congratulated the Hon. Minister, on his reappointment which he said was based on his commitment to the country, diligence, hard work and a personal sense of discipline.

He particularly commended him for his commitment to entrenching a society that works in the FCT and further briefed the Minister on the activities of the NBC, particularly the work being done to checkmate the menace of Hate Speech, which he recognized as a major concern for the FCT Minister.

FCT Minister Malam-Muhammad-Musa-Bello
Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello

He added that the 6th edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, that was launched last year, has strengthened sanctions to take care of Hate Speech and Fake News.

The NBC boss further noted that the Commission’s duty is to ensure that broadcast stations walk the straight and narrow path of The Code. He assured the Minister that the NBC would continue to do its work with doggedness, professionalism and responsibility to protect the Nigerian people from offensive and harmful broadcast.

While hailing the Minister for the good job done at the Abuja Broadcasting Corporation (formerly Aso Radio and TV), he pointed out that in the course of the DSO rollout in Abuja, the NBC had insisted that Aso TV must be on the DSO platform, being the Official channel of the FCT.

Responding, the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Malam Bello, commended the DSO program of the NBC, saying that it was an indication of the good job being done by the Commission, despite the challenges that the broadcasting industry faces, in the new ecosystem, especially with the multiplicity of platforms available to all manner of people.

The Minister commended the NBC for rolling out in a number of states already, and wished NBC success, as it continues the roll out across the country.

According to the Minister, NBC faces the Herculean challenge of regulating known and unknown entities, running into millions, and that according to him, underlines the enormity of work of the Commission.

He noted that the “Nigeria Broadcasting Code is key in order to protect us as individuals, as organizations and as a nation, and if the regulators are able to do this, there will be deterrent, especially in regards to Hate Speech”.

He thanked the NBC DG and his team for the visit, which he said was the first official courtesy visit to the FCTA in 2020. In conclusion, the Minister thanked the NBC DG, Mal. Modibbo Kawu, for the support given to the Abuja Broadcasting Corporation.

The FCT Minister assured the visiting NBC team that he will also make out time to visit the Commission’s Headquarters to get first hand information on its operations.