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Nomadic Radio To Serve Hunters, Fishermen Others – Presidency

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The provisional approval of a Radio licence granted to the National Commission for Nomadic Education to be broadcast in Fufulde (Fulani language) for a period of five years, will serve the interest of fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers and other migrants, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), an office under the presidency, said, yesterday.

LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the AM radio licence was granted September 28th, 2018 and was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education with a duration starting from October 8th, 2018 to October 8th, 2023.

Clarifying on the controversy that surrounded the granting of the Radio lincence, NBC said the station’s programmes shall be purely educational adding that they are designed to cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and other migrants.

“Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person, or organisation to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group,” NBC’s Assistant Director in charge of information, Mr Ekanem Antia, said.

“The Commission wishes to state 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.”

“Specifically, the Commission enjoins broadcasting stations to take special note of the following provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, which emphasise peace and national integration.”

“There is section 3.1.2, which requires that:

“Materials likely to encourage or incite to the commission of a crime or lead to public disorder shall not be broadcast.”

Similarly section 5.5.5 of the Code prescribes that: “A station shall not broadcast divisive rhetoric that threatens and compromises the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state,” Ekanem said in a statement.

According to him, while upholding professionalism and observing global best practices, stations are further advised to treat potentially divisive issues with tact and sensitivity.

“The Commission, therefore, reiterates that broadcast organisations are expected to exercise freedom of expression as agents of society, not for 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,” Ekanem said.

NBC, which called on all broadcasting stations to exercise restraint in the treatment of sensitive issues that could threaten the unity and stability of Nigeria, said the Commission enjoined broadcasting stations to be professional, and take guidance from the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, at all times, reminding all broadcasters to be mindful of their social responsibility to promote the well-being and peaceful co-existence of the various groups in Nigeria in keeping with the objectives of broadcasting in Nigeria.

“The commission is reacting 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. 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, “ the commission added.

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