NBC holds multi Stakeholders dialogue towards a fair and responsible Broadcast coverage for the 2023 general election.
Uploaded by Yemisi Dada on September 21, 2022
As Political activities gather momentum, traditional media broadcasters have been advised to be circumspect in their programming and avoid playing Politics with their job.
Ace broadcaster and Media Consultant, Mr. Rahman Adekunle-Yusuf gave the advice during a one-day sensitization on Political Broadcasting for the Southwest region, organized by the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, held in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Mr. Yusuf implored media professionals to embrace Political neutrality to promote peace and harmony.
He stressed the imperative of equal time for all Political Parties and candidates on all broadcast stations and adherence to the Broadcast code as well as the electoral act.
In a remark, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr. Abiodun Alabi, who acknowledged the tensions that come with political activities, called for concerted effort to achieve peaceful and credible elections.
Mr. Abiodun, who was represented by the Command’s spokesman, Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin charged NBC to police the social media for Electoral Credibility and national unity.
On his part, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi implored security agents to guarantee the safety of Journalists during Election coverage.
The Director-General of the Department of State Security Service, Mr. Yusuf Magaji-Bichi, who was represented by the spokesman for the Service, Mr. Peter Afunnaya enjoined the citizenry to shun the temptation to deliver fake and unverified information.
He also tasked the media on fairness and coercive but non-combative language.
Earlier in an address of welcome, the Director-General of NBC, Mr. Balarabe Shehu-Ilelah noted that the forum was for interface between stakeholders to ensure free and fair elections next year.
Other dignitaries on the occasion include the Director, Lagos Operations of Radio Nigeria, Mrs. Bolanle Owoyemi, Director, National Broadcast Academy, Mr. Ike Okere, General Manager of RadioOne FM, Mr. Korede Ogunbunmi, General Manager of Metro FM, Mrs. Ifeoma Okpala, General Manager of Bond FM, Princess Adenike Adegoke and the Chairman, BISCON Communications, Prince Bisi Olatilo.
The theme of the forum was, “ Towards a fair and responsible Broadcast coverage for the 2023 general election: A Multi stakeholders dialogue.