The Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr Balarabe Ilelah, on Monday, August 30, advised media houses to operate within the law.
Ilelah said this when members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its president, Chris Isiguzo, visited the commission’s office in Abuja.
“Journalism is a profession that has ethics; we are supposed to operate within the ethics of the profession.
“We are going to keep check people that spread fake news, the commission will not be scared; and will summon anyone who goes contrary to NBC code,” he said.
Ilelah said that NBC’s mandate was to regulate and work with media houses, sanitise the industry, and make sure that things are done according to the law.
“Our duty is to make sure that everybody is given a fair playing ground; so that you can say whatever you want to say that is according to the law,” he said.
Earlier, the NUJ president said that there must be a media that operates without unnecessary encumbrances.
“That is why we feel that there is a need for us; to, once again, come here and interface with the commission.
“We are not people that are fighting to bring down the country; the media professionals worked tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria became a democratic nation,” he said.
Isiguzo also appealed to the NBC to grant license to NUJ to operate radio and television stations.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has stated that the borrowing level for Nigeria is still at 23 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); adding that government borrowing is sensible and responsible.
Zainab Ahmed said this while addressing newsmen on the recent rise in the country’s GDP in Abuja on Monday, August 30.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently announced the GDP growth of 5.01 per cent for Q2 2021 for the country.
She explained that the government was borrowing to invest in critical infrastructure; like power, water, roads and rails required to enhance business productivity in the country.
“We are borrowing with very close consideration to the sustainability of the borrowing. The borrowing level for Nigeria today is still 23 percent of the GDP.”