The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC has reacted to the order of closing all media houses licenced by the commission in Zamfara State.
In a Statement issued by Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, Director-General, NBC, he said the commission has noted with serious concern the acton of Zamfara State Government by directing the shutdown of operations licensees of the Commission in the State, on Saturday October 15, 2022.
“The NBC has clearly notified the State Government of the gravity of the illegality and requested it to expeditiously reverse the directive and apologize to the people State,” he Illela added.
NBC also also urge the Security Agencies to ignore the call to restrict Staff of the affected Stations from conducting their legitimate duties
The Commission, according the DG “further emphasize that it will resist ANY attempt to cause breach of law and order ANYWHERE through the misuse of the broadcast media in Nigeria, before, during and after the 2023 national elections.
“We call on ALL industry stakeholders to resist ANY attempt to truncate the earned democratic gains in Nigeria.
“ANY aggrieved Person or Institution with genuine complaint(s) using unprofessional conduct or action by ANY licensed broadcaster in Nigeria is hereby requested to follow the laid down processes enshrined in the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.”
“The Commission will not relent to discharge its mandate according to the NBC CAP. NII, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. All broadcast license holders urged to ensure strict compliance and avoid ANY action inimical to democratic govenance and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria”