By Concise News Correspondents
Media professionals in Nigeria have appealed to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to check the excesses of some private radio and television stations in the country.
The appeal was made in a communiqué at the end of a two-day seminar on Media and Society in Kano state, north-west Nigeria.
The media stakeholders believe adequate mechanism would ensure professional conduct of journalists in the discharge of their duties.
…says media houses should recruit professionals
It said that NBC should enforce compliance of the Nigerian Broadcasting Code by owners of broadcast stations and operators of media “training” institutions, particularly with regard to recruitment of personnel.
According to the communiqué, the NUJ, NGE and the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria should ensure the implementation of the eligibility criteria for entry into and practice of journalism in Nigeria.
It said that the implementation of the eligibility criteria should be in line with the Nigerian Press Council Decree No 85 of 1992 (Now Act).
“All professional and trade unions of media workers and owners, notably the NUJ, NGE, BON and NPAN should partner with the Nigerian Press Council.
“ Make it mandatory for all potential journalists to register with the relevant professional and regulatory bodies after fulfilling a basic requirement and be accredited to practice.
It further called on journalists to perform their duties in accordance with the rules and regulations of the profession.
It added that they should also be conscious of the laws of libel and slander, as well as accurate and fair in reporting events.
No room for emotion in journalism
“Journalists should uphold the obligations of the mass media as provided in the 1999 Constitution as amended while complying with section 39 of the Constitution.
“They should be emotionally intelligent at all times; think constructively; act wisely; seek and report the truth and promote public good and national unity.
“ They should constantly update their knowledge through training and re-training, seminars and refresher courses while employers should ensure regular professional and technical training of their staff to meet the challenges of insufficient and unprofessional manpower.”
It also called on the National Assembly to hasten the passage of the “Journalism Enhancement Bill’ into law.
It said the bill proposed minimum entry point for editorial staff, conditions of service to commensurate with what obtained at the Federal Civil Service and the payment of Hazard Allowance to journalists, among others.