NBC Pledges Inclusive Review of Regulatory Code

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Dr. Akin Akingbulu, Executive Director of the Centre for Media and Society (Cemeso), has called on regulatory agencies in the Nigerian media sector to prioritize citizen participation in legal and regulatory reforms.

This emphasis on inclusivity aims to foster better understanding, build mutual trust among stakeholders involved in the media sector.
Dr. Akingbulu made the remarks during a courtesy visit and follow-up meeting on the amendment of the NBC Act held in Abuja. This meeting marks a significant contribution by Cemeso under Phase II of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance (EU-SDGN) initiative.
Advocating for comprehensive legal reforms, Dr. Akingbulu highlighted the need for enhanced independence, adequate funding for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), and full implementation of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project to modernize Nigeria’s broadcasting sector.
He further urged the NBC to address outdated laws that hinder modern journalistic practices.
In response, Mr. Charles Ebuebu, Director General of the NBC, pledged the commission’s commitment to establishing a more transparent, inclusive, and effective regulatory framework that serves the interests of all stakeholders.

He emphasized that this move is necessary to rebuild stakeholder confidence and outlined a commitment to conducting a thorough review of the NBC’s code and processes, appeal court judgments that restrict the commission’s ability to sanction broadcasters and uphold transparency and fairness in interactions with stakeholders.
Mr. Ebuebu also highlighted ongoing efforts to equip NBC staff with the necessary tools and update their skills to navigate the digital age and effectively fulfill their duties using modern equipment.