Government of Kano. sets up a committee to “clean up the audiovisual media”
The Kano state government has established a 14-member technical committee to clean up audiovisual media operations in the state with Muhammad Garba, Information Commissioner as chairman.
Mr. Garba made the revelation on Friday as he briefed reporters on the results of the State Executive Council (CSE) meeting.
He said the technical committee would, among other things, look into the issue of professional misconduct and abuse of privilege by some state media.
Mr Garba said, âKano State has 13 broadcasting stations, which are the highest in northern Nigeria, mostly owned by individuals.
âThis is why we have set up a committee of professionals to monitor state radio stations to ensure that they comply with the broadcasting code and also to educate them.
âAs a government; we are not doing this to prevent people from expressing their opinions or to stop freedom of information (FOI), we are doing it to clean up the sector for the general good of the state â.
Mr Garba revealed that a professor, Umar Pate, had been appointed co-chair while the commissioners for justice and religious affairs, Ibrahim Mukhtar and Muhammad Adam, would be members respectively.
The others are Isma’il Na’abba, Director General of the Kano State Censorship Council, representatives of the police, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio, Television and Theater Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), civil society organizations. (OSC) and the Office of the Secretary of State Government (SSG), among others.
The commissioner revealed that the council had approved 245 million naira for the settlement of the excess workload for three academic sessions for members of the Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) and the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU ), Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil.
Garba further disclosed that the council also approved 552 million naira for the rehabilitation of Phase I of the Kafin-Ciri Dam in the Garko local government area of ââthe state.
The council also approved 122 million naira for erosion and leaching control in Garko, while 38 million naira was approved for battery replacement at 50 enrollment centers of the National Commission for the Management of identity (NIMC), “he said.
He added that the council also approved N16 million for upgrading vocational skills training centers in the state. (NAA)
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