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Why NBC sanctioned Jay FM Jos – Kawu


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Why NBC sanctioned Jay FM Jos – Kawu Empty Why NBC sanctioned Jay FM Jos – Kawu

Post by Kingseyi on Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:53 am

Abuja – The National Broadcasting Commission
(NBC) has said that the fine imposed on Jay FM,
Jos, was due to its continuous airing of vulgar
and indecent music lyrics, in spite of verbal and
written warnings to the station.
Modibbo Kawu, DG NBC
The Head, Public Affairs of NBC, Mrs Maimuna
Jimada, gave the explanation in a statement in
Abuja on Friday.
Jimada quoted the Director-General of the
commission, Malam Is’haq Kawu as saying that
the commission had been very proactive and
responsive in its efforts at regulating the
broadcast industry, especially as regards
ensuring the citizens’ right to quality
“The attention of the NBC has been drawn to
comments and observations in the media space
regarding the fine imposed on Jay FM Jos for
continuous airing of vulgar and indecent music
lyrics in spite of verbal and written warnings to
the station.
“The Act establishing the NBC empowered the
commission, to among other mandates in
Section 2.1(h), to “establish and disseminate a
National Broadcasting Code and set standards
with regard to the content and quality of
materials for broadcast.
“This, the commission has done and because of
the revolutionary nature of broadcasting, the
Nigeria Broadcasting Code is reviewed every
four years in a stakeholders’ participatory
“Information about the review of the code is
disseminated widely and participation is open to
all relevant and interested members of the
“Consequently, the code is a document which
has the input of a wide variety of stakeholders.
“ In addition, the code is available on the NBC
website and media pages and at our various
offices located across the country,’’ he
According to him, by Industry standards,
broadcast stations are mandated by law, to
adhere strictly to the dictates of the code and
where they falter, the commission initiates the
sanction process.
The director-general explained that all actions of
the commission were strictly informed by and
carried out according to the dictates of the law
and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
Kawu, therefore, enjoined all artistes to produce
broadcast versions of their works to enable
broadcast stations to use them without
contravening the provisions of the Nigeria
Broadcasting Code.
“In addition, the Nigerian artiste has a
responsibility to the country. Today, popular
songs of leading Nigerian musicians garner
millions of views on YouTube.
“This indicates the level of influence they exert
upon the young people who make up the
majority of our country’s population. We believe
our artistes should offer a positive influence on
this young population.
“Broadcasting is a creative medium
characterised by professionalism, choice and
innovation to serve the interest of the general
“And it is expected to influence society
positively by setting the agenda for the social,
cultural, economic, political and technological
development of the nation for the public good.’’
He assured Nigerians that the commission
would continue to execute its responsibilities
without fear or favour and would apply the
relevant sanctions on erring stations whenever
they violate the code. (NAN)

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