The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has reacted to the media controversy over the license granted to the National Commission for Nomadic Education for the establishment of a radio station to operate on the AM band.
This is just as the NBC, said that the National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for Broadcast license in furtherance of its objectives to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically mediated ones.
Disclosing this in a statement over the weekend, the Assistant Director, National Broadcasting Commission, Ekanem Antia, on behalf of Management, said the letter of provisional approval dated September 28th, 2018, was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education, and the duration of the license was from October 8th, 2018 to October 8th, 2023.
According to the statement, “The station’s programmes, which shall be purely educational, are designed to cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants.
“Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person, or Organisation to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group”.
Meanwhile, the Commission also stated that similar educational broadcast licences were issued to institutions of higher learning and other Governmental institutions with comparable needs, such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Federal Road safety Commission, and related institutions.
“While upholding professionalism and observing global best practices, stations are further advised to treat potentially divisive issues with tact and sensitivity”, it said.
The Commission reiterated that broadcast organizations are expected to exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for any personal or sectional rights, privileges and needs of their own or of their proprietors, relatives, rights or supporters as highlighted in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.