Following the shutdown and withdrawal of AIT/Raypower working licence indefinitely for repeated violations of the broadcasting code after a number of formal warnings and apologies to make corrections which they reneged upon, by the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) on Thursday sixth June, 2019, tongues have been wagging with Nigerians and teams expressing divergent opinions on the matter.
Nonetheless whereas one regards the latest taking place as an unlucky improvement inside our polity in view of the attendant financial and social dislocation, it’s acceptable to situate it inside context and never enable the reality and truth to be distorted for political expediency.
One should acknowledge the truth that we’re a rustic ruled by legal guidelines for each residents and company entities and the identical regulation prescribes sanctions each time there may be infractions.
The media trade like different industries and sectors in our nation just isn’t immuned from being ruled by regulation which is a necessity for order, peace and progress.
Due to this fact, earlier than an organization or media group can function, there are some necessities that should be fulfilled, of which there’s normally a state company or establishment accountable for this perform. For the broadcasting trade, the company of state saddled with the accountability of regulating and monitoring the actions of the digital media is the Nationwide Broadcasting Fee (NBC) which is a creation of the regulation with it is features and duties outlined by similar legal guidelines.
Due to this fact, one is at a loss to elucidate why individuals and teams ought to begin calling for the top of a state establishment for performing it is statutory features inside the ambits of the structure and nothing extra. It is unlucky that the supporters of the media home in query try so laborious to obliterate the truth that the broadcasting regulator has carried out this newest determination due to incontrovertible evidences of the infractions of the broadcasting code by DAAR Communications outfits AIT and Raypower FM which it availed the general public via it is press launch on why it took the plan of action that has now generated public curiosity.
Reasonably, this supporters consider and need us all Nigerias, to toe their line of thought by pretending to be involved in regards to the freedom of the press which isn’t absolute and by the way in which, no proper is absolute lest there be a breakdown of regulation and order. On this case, what’s at stake is nationwide unity and peace which is being harmed and undermined by the reckless, irresponsible and provocative broadcast of hate and divisive contents of DAAR communication, which is of concern not solely to NBC, however tens of millions of Nigerians.
To the above faculty of thought, it doesn’t matter if DAAR communication has been discovered responsible of repeatedly breaching the Nationwide broadcasting code, all they need is for the regulator to look elsewhere and do nothing in regards to the infractions in utter abdication of it is constitutional perform which is a gross abuse and irresponsibility.
Could we advise Chief Raymond Dokpesi and his group to tread rigorously and cease the resort to propaganda and blackmail in opposition to NBC, it wont work , somewhat they need to method the courts to hunt redress if they’re satisfied that the NBC has acted outdoors of it is powers as constitutionally enshrined, no extra, no much less.
The peace, unity and progress of Nigeria is sacrosanct and must not ever be sacrificed for political expediency and slack enforcement of the regulation.
The regulation should be utilized always regardless of whose ox is gored lest our existence as a individuals be jeopardized. Due to this fact, we’ve taken aspect with the rule of regulation on this matter.
I’m Nelson Ekujumi
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