The management of ADABA FM and Ondo State Radiovision Corporation have assured the National Broadcasting Commission that they will stop broadcast of offensive programming in Ondo State with immediate effect.
NBC Director-General, Yomi Bolarinwa, told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the two organisations had promised to exhibit professionalism in their operations, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
“The NBC has just concluded a meeting with the chief executives of the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation, Akure and the radio arm of Continental Broadcast Services, ADABA FM, Akure.
“The meeting is on the continuous violation of provisions of the electoral act and the Nigerian broadcasting code.
“We have secured their assurances that the offensive broadcast will stop; the airwaves will be sanitised.
“We have also got their assurances that the language of broadcast will be decent, reasonable and palatable in the interest of the people of the state,” Bolarinwa said.
The director-general said the commission would closely monitor development in the state and would not hesitate to sanction any station found violating provisions of the laws.
Speaking on behalf of the stations, the Director-General of OSRC, Ladi Akeredolu-Ale, said the meeting with the commission was to correct observable defects in their programming.
He said the two stations would make the necessary amends and adhere strictly to provisions of the electoral act and the Nigeria broadcasting code.
The NBC had on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the unprofessional conduct of the stations in the ongoing political campaigns in Ondo State, and threatened to suspend their licences.
The OSRC was accused of giving more airtime to Labour Party’s candidate in the forthcoming Oct. 20 election and ADABA FM was said to have broadcast a programme that could incite the people.
The assurance followed a meeting the NBC management held with representatives of the two radio stations.