22 January 2013

Nigeria: Senate President Calls On BON to Check Members

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The Senate President, David Mark, has charged the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) to formulate an internal mechanism that will check and sanction member stations that err in news reporting and conduct of its staff.

He implored BON to always protect the nation's interest by ensuring balanced information management in the broadcast industry.

Mark stated this Monday in Otukpo while addressing the 57th General Assembly Meeting of the organisation of with the theme, "Constitutional Amendment: What New Prospect for Nigeria Broadcast Media."

He said, "You must take the bull by the horns by establishing an internal checks mechanism in the broadcast industry and by so doing you ensure that you discipline your members whenever they go wrong."

"You will agree with me that information management demands prudence, ingenuity and accuracy, that is the more reason why you must ensure that your members live above board," he added.

The Senate President also enjoined BON to take active part in the ongoing constitutional review process by availing Nigerians all needed information as they unfold, advising they also take advantage of the Freedom of Information ( FOI) Act by acting within the ambits of the Act.

While harping on the need for broadcast Organisations in the country to go digital by the year 2015, Mark warned, "if you fail to do so, the world will leave you behind".

Declaring the meeting open, the state Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Stephen Lawani, opined that broadcasting organisations should play a critical role in the constitution amendment process by sensitising Nigerians on topical issues that are billed for amendment.

Earlier in a remark, Managing Director of Joy FM, the host Radio Station, Mrs. Christabel Iyanya, said the two-day meeting would avail members lots of information on technological development in the industry, adding that members should exploit the opportunity.

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