The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has called on all broadcasting stations in the country to be fair, balanced and ensure equity in the presentation of political programmes.
The Commission’s Zonal Director, Mrs Francisca Aiyetan made the call on Monday during a sensitisation visit to the Management of the Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation.
She said that the broadcast stations have the power to air political programmes. According to her, broadcast stations cannot be stopped from carrying political programmes, saying that broadcasters are agents of the society, not politicians, but must tread with caution. Adesanya, however cautioned broadcasters, especially presenters against inflammatory and provocative words or statements, urging them to rise above subjective mind-sets.
The NBC Zonal Director said as the fourth estate of realm, the broadcasting stations must play their roles in the society by holding public office holders accountable to the people.
She stressed the need for them to pay attention to issues affecting the society and be guided by the code of conduct of the commission in carrying out the social responsibility.
Responding, the General Manager of the station, Alhaji Abdullateef Adedeji, said the station would continue in its drive in broadcasting responsibly and fairly balanced in its reportage.
Adedeji also assured the commission that the management of the station, staff and all broadcasters of the station would continue to uphold professionalism in the discharge of their duties.