Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

NBC Boss Laments How Buhari’s Supporters Violate NBC Code, Then Report To President When Sanctioned

It has emerged that supporters of President Muhammad Buhari in Kano violate National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, broadcast code on radio programmes, then report to the presidential villa when such programmes are sanctioned.

Director General of the NBC, Ishaq Kawu, who disclosed this on Thursday at an NBC stakeholders’ forum on political broadcast held in Kano, said: “They are some people who associated themselves with President Muhammad Buhari and uttered unsubstantiated and unfounded remarks on radio.

“When NBC sanctioned the radio station, the politicians moved to villa and lodged a complaint that NBC fines a station for supporting Buhari.”

He also lamented that even when sanctioned, the stations find it hard to pay the surcharges.

“Some media organizations seek extra charges to pay NBC fines when they were presented with inappropriate content that violates the NBC code”, he said.

He added that the commission is operating within the existing laws and cannot fine stations beyond specific amounts

According to him, radio stations in Kano violate the NBC code through unbalanced programmes, unsubstantiated remarks and phone-in programmes where the audience get direct access to the studio without a gatekeeper, who screens callers

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