Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sanctioned the Ekiti State Broadcasting Service, for a breach on the broadcasting code and outright unprofessional practices.
The sanction may not be unconnected to the upcoming July 14th gubernatorial election in the state, as the state broadcast outfit has been found violating the National broadcasting code in many fronts.
According to the commissions Director General, Malam Modibbo Kawu, while speaking to selected journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, there were indications that ahead of the 2018 Gubernatorial Election, the radio station has become highly unprofessional and dangerously partisan, especially in its reportage of the democratic process in Ekiti 2018 Gubernatorial Election.
The Commission had earlier queried the stations General Manager, for doubling as the spokesman of the Ayo Fayose campaign organisation, in breach of Section 5.2.18of the broadcasting code.
While a broadcast producer may interact with politicians in the course of his professional duties, this shall not be such, as to lead to the belief, that he is either a member or sympathizer of any political party, he said.
The Station has also consistently refused to balance its political programmes, often patronizing the State Governor and his party alone, in breach of Section 7.6.8. which states that:All broadcasters shall give equal access to all registered political parties or candidates on their facilities.
The most recent infraction is the broadcast by the station, inciting the citizens of Ekiti State not to welcome the President to the state.
We find it as a breach of Section 5.2.7of the Code and 5.2.8. Section 5.2.7: A broadcaster shall, in using political material for news, avoid taking inflammatory and divisive matter in its provocative form, he said.
Source: Voice of Nigeria