Kano Broadcast Stations Must Learn to be Circumspect, KJPF Chairman, Shamsuddeen Usman, Urges
Broadcast stations in Kano State have been urged to desist from promoting unguided on-air utterances that are capable of igniting disharmony among citizens.
Nigeria’s former minister of national planning, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman made the appeal on Saturday, saying as peaceful as Kano State is, one would b tempted to think there was war after listening to most of the radio stations’ program, because of the aggression with which they air such programs.
Usman was speaking at the end of the ‘Experience Sharing Colloquim on Investment and Growth Potentials in the Media Industry’ organized by the Kano-Jigawa Professionals Forum (KJPF) in collaboration with Dangote Business School, Bayero Universty, Kano.
The former minister, who is the chairman of KJPF, said such radio stations get away from the maligning utterances that they allow politicians to spew because “we are living in a non litigious society,” adding that if one or two radio stations have been sued out of business, others would learn a good lesson.
The colloquium discussed issues that concern the ‘Media Entrepreneurship: Investment, Employment Opportunities, Management and Profitability’ which the chairman of Media Trust Limited, Malam Kabiru Yusuf discussed; ‘From Talk-Box to the Internet: IT Convergence as a Sustainability Strategy’ which Professor Uba Abdallah discussed; ‘The Future of Public Broadcasting: State Control and the Imperative of Political Independence’ which Malam Baffa Bura discussed.
Other sub-themes of the programme included ‘A Gender Agenda for the Broadcast Industry: Equity and the Role of Women in Shaping Social Broadcasting’ which was discussedby Dr Binta Sulaiman; ‘Specialisation and Capacity Building for the Media Industry’ which was discussed by the vice chancellor, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, Professor Umaru Fate; and ‘The Role of the Regulator and Public Interest’ discussed by the director, National Broadcasting Commission, Professor Armstrong Idachaba.
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