The Kano State Commissioner of Information, Mr Muhammad Garba, has announced plans by the State to regulate the media, following the approval given by the State Executive Council for the setting up of a technical committee to address issues of professional misconduct and alleged abuse of privilege by media organisations in the state.
Briefing the media on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting, Mr Garba said the committee will be set up to, among other things, organise a stakeholders’ meeting comprising the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information, proprietors of radio stations, security agencies, party chairmen, and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to discuss their challenges and proffer solutions. The Commissioner for Information will chair the committee.
Kano State has the highest concentration of private media houses in Northern Nigeria. They give opposition politicians an alternative channel to voice air their views about governance and government activities. This has not gone down well with the government in power.