THE MOST BEFITTING MOMENTS IN NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMMISSION : KAWU MODIBBO MAKING THE CHANGES
It is indeed a standing ovation for the courageous, magnificent and superlative works of Mallam Modibbo Kawu in NBC.it is exactly a year when the fearless, intellectual DG resumed office amidst many lacunae, At it first ,after many efforts in reshaping the commission to a more viable epitomized commission. The National Broadcasting Commission under the able leadership of Mallam Modibbo Kawu on 22nd Dec 2016 launch the age long Digital Switch Over in Abuja, Nigeria. It is a well known fact that the DSO in Nigeria is generally overdue in Nigeria after various attempts in NBC. With the coming on board of a new leadership headed by ever intelligent, relentless and quintessential Modibbo, the games in NBC changes and the ground was hitted running which translated into an historical end of analogue broadcasting paving a way for a full digitalized broadcasting in Nigeria . it was slated for 22nd December 2016 for launching in Abuja the federal capital territory. This is indeed an epitomized recognitions, an honoured befitted and bequeathed by all Nigerian,a scintillating achievement to be celebrated by all and sundry, a record setting on a founding achievement of relentless efforts of a great achiever Mallam Kawu Modibbo,
The DSO launch was successful, it was a fantastic episode in the history of Nigeria, it is a great achievement, an achievement that provides numerous job opportunities for our teaming youths, an achievement that provides a free TV channels to Nigerians, an achievement that spring up local industries manufacturing various types of set up boxes, an achievement that provides increments in broadcasting marketing in Nigeria.
The successful launched of the DSO in Nigeria as truly show the true seriousness of Nigerian government in meeting the dead line of June 2017.
Already, thousands of set-top boxes and over 300 call centres are active and in use. This id a new dawn for NBC, but the task of regulating an industry with over 793 radio and television stations is Herculean.
But with Modibbo assumption into the helms of affairs in NBC, many things as changed and many crippling policies and works have been accomplished, staffs of the commission feels the impact of the coming of the new boss, the game changer, the impact of Modibbo is been felt all over Nigeria, Modibbo upon assumption into office faulted the licensing strategies in the old NBC, he lamented that licensees are carry on as if they (broadcasting stations)have their licences for keeps and acted as if the NBC cannot withdraw their licences. He warned that it is important to remind them that all licences are provisional, no matter how long you have held them,” he added.
Again, Kawu Modibbo was also disturbed by the illegal and rampant use of transmission power by stations across the country.Despite the godfathers overthrowns in the broadcasting industries in Nigeria over the years, Modibbo stressed that stations who procure transmitters without respecting the stipulated and recommended transmitter power in city-based frequency modulated (FM) stations will be closed down
With the incessant security threats in Nigeria, Modibbo as again use the favours in his commission to help the security agencies in getting ride of the menace through his commission.
According to him, “There are mobile transmitters being imported by non-state, secessionist groups, who are using these transmitters to broadcast anti-national propaganda and campaigning for calumny and secession, a clear example of the Biafra radio station that was scrapped and closed down.
“This is part of their effort to de-legitimise our country and propagate hate as well as secessionist propaganda,“ he said. According to him any propagandist and unregistered stations will not be tolerated as many illegal ,secessionist, propagandist stations as been closed down .
Because of the liberalisation of the broadcast environment, radio stations are proliferating and even non-state actors now have a space in it. In the notorious category are the terrorist group, Boko Haram and a secessionist group like IPOB; as they also ‘import’ and transmit content without due clearance by NBC.
Again, he said one of the issues facing NBC was the clash of frequencies all over country, adding that City-based FM radio stations are permitted under the terms of their licenses to install 2KW transmitters and any defaulters organizations will be dealt with, Today defaulters are dealt with and the fear of sanctioning is eating more for compliance among broadcasting stations
In its over 25 years of operations, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has never been under the radar, as it is today. Recently the Commission got broadcast stations scampering helter-skelter when it revoked 54 dormant broadcasting licences after they had exceeded their two-year grace period, without coming into operation. Those in operation are facing possible sanctions over their debt overhang to the federal government to the tune of five billion naira. In the past, these issues were discussed in hushed voices and swept under the carpet due to political expediency.
That is history now, according to the NBC Director-General, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu in a recent interview: “There are those who used political connections with the top-most political leadership in Nigeria in the past to get illegal and undue favours that ran contrary to the NBC Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. It’s a different period in our country; nobody will go up to the Villa and get some black market deal anymore”. At an interactive session with journalists, Kawu reiterated his determination to reverse the ugly trend of the past and put the NBC on its lawful path of monitoring standards and regulating the industry.
This has since set the tone for a new dawn in the NBC envisaged by Kawu, himself an accomplished journalist and broadcaster per excellence. Perhaps, Kawu stands out as the most versatile Director-General ever to head the NBC.
It is therefore no surprise that Kawu is making efforts to bring back the days of compliance with broadcast standards and put the impunity and lawlessness of the recent past behind it and match on with the new thinking that has long been in the offing. The culture of profiling, labeling, name calling etc. which became the order of the day in the run-up to the 2015 election is yet to abate.
The biggest challenge in the broadcast industry, especially television, revolves around content. Our television is full of junk from foreign countries. These pose serious threats to local content production. With the digital switch over, emphasis on local content, involvement of private individuals and improvement in production techniques, these junk from foreign lands could be supplanted.
By all means and for the sake of the nation’s security, unity and cohesion, the NBC must regulate the broadcast space, but it must however do so professionally and in concert with stakeholders, while ensuring the buy-in of citizens. Given the manner by which the Kawu-led NBC has acquitted itself with issues in the industry, there are obvious signs that the re-invention of broadcasting in Nigeria is at hand , NBC as truly gain a momentum of progressive achievement with the coming of Mallam Ishaq Kawu Modibbo.
In a meterial point of view, of many importance social medias gave to the world today, the fast trending negative effects of it can never be over emphasized. According to Modibbo,
“It does not even pretend to any ethical foundations and it does not give a damn about it. I will indulge us to investigate this disturbing trend.
”The role of the social media is adding salt to the injuries created by the lack of ethics by the media.”
Kawu reiterated that the media has a patriotic and professional role to play in reporting violence.
” In all, it must remember that beyond reporting, it must protect the sanctity and humanity of the Nigerian society at all time.
”It must be sensitive to the national ethos and the sanctity of humanity.”
Additionally, the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu, says all is set to roll out Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in the six geopolitical zones simultaneously.
Modibbo-Kawu made this known in a communiqué issued at the end of one-day Broadcast Stakeholders meeting held in Abuja on March 7th , He listed the state in each of the zones to includes, Kaduna in the North-West, Kwara representing North-Central, Gombe in North-East, Enugu for South-East, Osun for South-West and Delta for the South-South.
He said that 70 per cent of contents in the DSO are local contents, assuring that the collection of TV and Radio License fee would be gathered together to support content production.
Adding more to his effort, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has given broadcast stations in the country three weeks to pay up over N5 billion licence fees they owed the commission.
It also directed all stations that have installed more than the allotted TX power to procure and install 2KW transmitters within six months and warned that it would de-commission such transmitters after the expiration of the grace period.
Director-General of the Commission, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, also gave the warning at a stakeholders’ meeting of broadcasters in Abuja, said the NBC would be invoking the relevant laws against erring stations in this regard. He added that all stations are expected to complete all payments owed to the commission on or before March 15, 2017. Today, many stations who ar defaulters had complied as NBC is making all at it watch to still get more back to the commission.
Among many accolades to the DG NBC is the words of the minister of Information and culture ,Alh Lai Moh, he observed that Nigeria leads in Digital Switch Over among peers in Africa.
The Minister disclosed this in Cannes, France, after a tour of stands of Nigerians and other TV and online content developers at the on-going MIPTV 2017.
The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji. Lai Mohammed, says Nigeria has gone many steps ahead of its peers in Africa on Switch Over to Digital Television Broadcasting.
Mohammed said: “Another takeaway from here is that we have seen that we are doing more than how we are appreciated on the DSO especially among our peers because we have gone many steps ahead of many African countries.
Today It is a well deserved standing ovation, let’s us all join NBC in rolling out drums to celebrate, a new era in broadcasting and media sector in Nigeria as the most intelligence DG of NBC is doing more to meet up the challenges of the Commission
Without fear or favor, IMK given the account of his 1 year tenure has convincingly proved that he can be trusted for firmness, commitment to productivity in an ethically acceptable manner and driving change if given even a greater responsibility.
GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.