Ahead of 2019 general elections, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned broadcast stations in the country against airing or broadcasting hate speech.
It said stiff penalties awaited any radio and television station that indulged in such act.
The Director General of NBC, Modibbo Ishaq Kawu issued the warning on Wednesday in Ilorin, while featuring on “Media Parliament” organized by the Kwara state council of the Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ).
Kawu said that the agency would not hesitate to clamp down on any broadcast station that violates the ethics of broadcasting.
The NBC boss condemned the rampant cases of hate speeches and campaigns by some media organizations, adding that, “NBC is committed to engendering national peace and unity through broadcasting.”
He stated plans by NBC to carry out a digital mapping of the country in January, 2018 and that the agency has engaged the services of a foreign firm to carry out the exercise.
Kawu said the commission was working hard to create a national digital economy, adding that four more states would be switched over in January, next year.
According to him, Nigeria is doing well in its digital switch over process among other countries in the African continent.
The Director-General explained that the digital switch-over would assist in entrenching economic growth and create job opportunities for the teeming youths.
Kawu added that the switch-over would strengthen the nation’s democracy and free press in the country.
State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Biodun Abdulkareem had explained that the Media Parliament was to provide platform for journalists to interact with guests on topical issues.
The programme was with the theme: ” Digitization of Broadcast: The Place of Nigeria.”