BON get approval for Review of Broadcasting code from FG
The information was disclosed by minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Abuja on Friday.
Federal government of Nigeria has approved the review of broadcasting code to license online television and TV station in the country.
The minister made the statement at his office when he received members of broadcasting organizations of Nigeria (BON) led by Sir Geoffrey N. Ohuabunwa on a special courtesy visit.
Lai Mohammed said that that the president has already approved a request BON has sent for review the broadcasting code.
“I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that mr. president has actually already approved a review of broadcast code that is going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.
“In particular, the president has approved that Web TVs and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry”.
Mohammed also said that the president has already approved a wide range of reforms in the industry.
The Minister equally expressed buhari’s administration commitment to to carry along BON in the review of the broadcasting code.
Lai Mohammed also appealed to BON to liaise with government in order to broadcast peaceful information.
“Today if anybody listens to what is being said on some radio or television stations, you will think that this country is at war or that Christians actually cannot live with Muslims or that there is a dichotomy between the north and the south.
“I think we need to appeal to you to use your platforms for the unity and cohesion of the country”, Lai Mohammed said.
The acting chairman of BON, Sir Geoffrey Ohuabunwa, showered praise to the minister for his re-appointment which will add value to the industry.
BON chairman equally pledged that BON will liaise with government help to fight and eliminate fake news propagation.