The National Broadcasting Commission ( NBC) has pledged to collaborate more closely and strategically with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, towards upholding the broadcast standard in the country.
NBC’s Director, Lagos Zonal Office, Dr. Chibuike Ogwumike made the pledge while receiving a delegation of the FRCN, Lagos Operations management that paid him a courtesy visit.
Dr. Ogwumike said as the cradle of broadcasting in Nigeria, FRCN, popularly known as Radio Nigeria is very relevant and valuable to the commission in the task of instilling decency in the nation’s broadcast industry, amidst the proliferation of broadcast stations.
The delegation from Radio Nigeria, was lead by the Director, Lagos Operations, Mrs. Bolanle Owoyemi.
Dr. Ogwumike pointed out that it is common knowledge that most of the big names in the broadcast Industry started from Radio Nigeria, which makes it imperative for the corporation to continuously strive to maintain high standards,so that other broadcast stations will emulate.
He said as the General election draws near, the NBC will team up with Radio Nigeria Lagos in building the competence of reporters and presenters for them to comply with the codes on election reporting.
Responding, Mrs. Owoyemi stated that the visit marked the commencement of her consultations with stakeholders, which is necessary having just relocated to Lagos as the Director of Lagos Operations.
She said the management was fully aware of the enomous demand on Radio Nigeria, being the flagship of broadcasting in Nigeria, and would do anything necessary to live up to that expectation.
Mrs. Owoyemi while observing that the broadcast standards were waning with the proliferation of broadcast stations, commended the NBC for working exceedingly hard to register it’s presence in all the stations.
She said training and training of content providers is important to check the incessant flouting of NBC codes.
This she said has become necessary more than ever as the general election draws near.
To that effect, Mrs. Owoyemi solicited the collaboration of the commission in the area of serving as resource persons in the ongoing training programmes for Radio Nigeria correspondents in Lagos, ahead of the 2023 election.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director Marketing, FRCN Lagos Operations, Mr. Istifanus Baba described NBC Lagos Zonal office as a true father because of its disposition to giving listening ears to broadcast houses under it.
Mr. Baba stressed the commitment of Radio Nigeria, Lagos Operations towards complying with the broadcasting codes.
Among other members of FRCN, Lagos Operations management involved in the visit were the Deputy Director Finance, Mr. Chris Ukaegbu; General Manager Bond FM, Mrs. Adenike Adegoke; her counterpart at Radio One FM, Mr. Korede Ogubunmi, Head of Marketing, Bond FM Dorothy Aralu.