Varsity don seeks amendment of NBC code

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

A University don, Dr Daniel Ekhearofe on Thursday, urged the federal government to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code.
The measure, according to the lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, University Benin (UNIBEN), will help to regulate and accommodate social Media content in broadcast Media operations in Nigeria.
He made the call while delivering a lecture entitled “Social Media: Content Platform for Journalism and Good Governance” at the 2019 Press Week organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo Broadcasting Service Chapel in Benin.
He said the society would become a better place when government gives people opportunity to express themselves freely adding that, freedom of speech was critical to national development.
“Government can use the social Media to galvanise public support instead of placing restrictions on social media contents being used by broadcast stations,” he said.
He charged journalists in broadcast stations to take advantage of the social Media in dissemination of information to the public.
The Chairman on the occasion, the Prelate of the United Baptist church, Benin, Appostle Osama Usuanlele, described the Media was critical to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
He advised the media to be careful with content they put out to the public adding that, they should ensure that it was always balanced and objective.
Usuanlele, called on the State government to upgrade the Edo Broadcasting Service in terms of equipment in order to meet with the digital age.
The acting General Manager of EBS, Ransley Abu-Osagie harped on the need for Media practitioners to strive for improvement by training on the job to meet up with the digital broadcasting.
Mr Oliver Ijiogbe, Chairman of the EBS Chapel, said the forum was to appraise the performance of the Media and take a retrospective look at the performance of the Media and fashion ways to perform better.

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