Kano State Government has announced a 14-Man technical committee to monitor and sanitize broadcast media in the state.
The committee according to the State’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba during a press briefing on a Friday said the move was an outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
“Kano State has 13 broadcast stations, which is the highest in northern Nigeria, mainly owned by individuals.
“That is why we set up a committee of professionals to monitor radio stations in the state in order to ensure that they adhere to broadcast code and also to sensitize them.
“As a government; we are not doing this to stop people from airing their views or stop the Freedom of Information (FOI), we are doing it to sanitize the sector for the overall good of the state” he said.
The Committee to be headed by Garba has Prof. Umar Pate was as co-chairman.
Others are Commissioners for Justice and Religious Affairs, Ibrahim Mukhtar and Dr Muhammad Adam would serve as members, respectively. Isma’il Na’abba, Director General Kano State Censorship Board, Representatives of Police, National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), among others .