The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja restated its commitment to bring prosperity to the broadcast industry and move the sector forward.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance in an address of welcome at the 5th Annual Lecture of Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The theme of the lecture for the year is “Contemporary Challenges of the Nigerian State: Need for Construction Broadcast”.
He said some social media contents, mostly unverified, found their way into the mainstream media and generated hate speech and fake news.
The minister urged the broadcast media to constructively make use of social media contents with a great sense of patriotism for peace and unity.
“However, to make robust the broadcast industry, President Buhari has approved wide ranching reforms, including the licensing of online TV and radio stations. We have also approved the reviewed Broadcast Code to bring it in line with current realities,” he said.
The minister was represented at the lecture by Ms Priscilla Iheoma, Director of Public Communication and National Orientation in the ministry.
In his remark, the Director-General of NBC, Malam Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu, urged broadcasters to extract maximum mileage from the lecture to deepen their sense of responsibility to the country.
The guest lecturer, Director of Linkages and Collaboration, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Prof Adam Ahmed urged NBC to sign memoranda of understanding with media organisations to sanitise the sector.
Prof Ahmed also called on the Nigerian media to always emphasise on national integration and unity.
The first Annual Lecture of NBC was held in 2015 with the theme: “New Media Convergence and The Future of Broadcast: Greedy Telco, Naive Broadcasters and the Scramble for Spectrum”.