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Epileptic electricity, high energy cost killing broadcast industry – BON

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Executive Secretary of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Yemisi Bamgbose, has identified poor electricity supply, the incessant collapse of the national grid as well as high cost of procuring diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as factors responsible for stifling the performance of broadcast stations in the country.

Dr. Bamgbose stated this in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while appraising the performance of the sector in the outgone year, urging that federal and state government owners of stations to put mechanism in place to ensure proper funding of their stations so that democracy can flourish.

He said the dwindling advertising budget of advertisers and non-payment of outstanding debt is militating against the optimal performance of broadcasting stations in the country.

“Federal government should deploy necessary funds to the National Broadcasting Commission to enable it to implement digitisation programmes that will benefit stakeholders in particular and the general public in general.

“It was a year that the national electricity grid collapsed many times, magnifying the epileptic public power supply problem while bills for the non-available power supply kept and keeps rising unabated,” Bamgbose complained.

He frowned on what he termed the “imposition of double taxation,” which compounded the woes of the industry. Bamgbose, who expressed concern over the saturation of the airwaves by private radio and television stations, called for linkages and mergers to be able to benefit from advert revenues.
Meanwhile, the ES has assured that Broadcast managers would perform their constitutional responsibility without fear or favour, even as he canvassed an eclectic approach to salvaging the situation.

He affirmed that the reduction of risks to human health from the practice of modern biotechnology practice and the use of GMOs were at their barest minimum.

“Dumping of unauthorised GMOs in Nigeria is now at its barest minimum, potential risk and socio-economic consequences of unauthorised GMOs are being guarded against,” Ebegba said.

He said that there would be the development of the National Biosecurity Policy and Action Plan 2022-2026 using a one-health approach.

Ebegba reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the principles of international agreements and treaties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

“In 2023, the agency will consolidate on its achievements, create more awareness and break new grounds,” he said.

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