The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Federal Government-owned national television station, has issued a warning to all is staff not to like, share or publish anything that may embarrass the NTA or negatively impact the corporate existence of Nigeria.
In a circular dated January 15, 2018, signed by Steven Egbo, Executive Director, Admin. and Training, on behalf of the Director General Yakubu Mohammed, the management of the station stated that any member of staff “caught in this fast spreading serious act of misconduct will be made to face the consequences of his/her action in line with civil service rules.”
The letter appears to be an attempt by the authority to curb its staff from engaging in discussions online through any material that may have a negative effect on Nigeria and NTA without providing details or parameters to determine what qualifies as such.
The circular referred to the unguarded and unethical manner in which online publications concerning sensitive and topical national issues were embraced and shared by members of staff to the embarrassment of the NTA, a situation the management described as a “reckless and unethical behaviour” .
The circular was addressed to the Zonal Directors, Rector of the TV College, General Managers, and Officers-In-Charge of Community Stations.