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SENATE COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION AND NATIONAL ORIENTATION VISIT NBC

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SENATE COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION AND NATIONAL ORIENTATION VISIT NBC

:: BY EBUWA MAUREEN

The Senate Committee on Information and Orientation has paid a courtesy visit on the DG and Management of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) at the Commission’s headquarters.

The visit, which took place on the 7th December, 2016, as part of the committee’s oversight function was led by the Committee’s chairman, Sen. Suleiman Adokwe.

Welcoming the senators on behalf of the Board of Management (BOM) and staff of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the DG, NBC, Mall. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu noted that the visit was the first oversight visit since he became the DG six months ago.

He added that regulating the Broadcasting Industry was a onerous responsibility that the Commission has continued to carry out with tremendous professionalism. “The NBC prides itself on the commitment of its staff to carry out the assignment given by our country, and in the six months that I have been DG, I can only report proudly, that the members of staff are very committed to a Broadcasting ecosystem in Nigeria, that meets the most exacting standards of ethics and professionalism”.

The DG, NBC, pointed out that the new era in broadcasting in Nigeria demands the most up-to-date knowledge, as well as, a greater appreciation of the industry. He also updated the senators on the present status of the Digital Switch Over and noted that the DSO project was a very capital intensive project.

Mall.Modibbo, urged the senators to support the NBC in the next budgetary process with adequate funds for the DSO in order for Nigeria to meet its obligation to complete the DSO by June 2017. He also pointed out that it was a huge challenge but with all hands-on deck, we would be able to pull it through.

The Committee Chairman, Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, pointed out that they were at the NBC on oversight function and to see how prepared the NBC was in the budgetary exercise, particularly, “as we enter a new phase of broadcasting that will open all forms of possibilities when going digital”.

Sen. Adokwe reiterated that the committee was committed to ensure that the DSO was successfully achieved and as well give their legislative backing.

He urged the DG, NBC, to deal with hate speeches and in his advocacy, deal with politicians who indulge in hate speeches. He added that he believed that good governance could reduce hate speeches and those who were in government should be sensitized on good governance which he said will reduce hate speeches so that all would be on the same page.

The Committee chairman urged the NBC management to work closely with the committee. He pointed out that stakeholders must be brought on-board to discuss all possibilities available in the digital era.

Mall. Modibbo further briefed the committee members on the Digital Switch Over and where we were at present. He thanked the committee chairman and members for the visit and assured them that the NBC will continue to work with the committee, National Assembly and the Federal Government in a way that will help in the development of our country.

The Committee then proceeded to the monitoring centre of Pinnacle Communications Ltd, the signal distributor for the Abuja DSO and thereafter, moved to the transmission site at Mpape hills installed for the switch on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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