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Politicians’ contempt for COVID-19 protocols is worrying – NBC

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• Prof Armstrong Idachaba, Acting Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission

The acting director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Professor Armstrong Idachaba, has raised concerns about politicians’ disregard for COVID-19 protocols ahead of Ondo’s gubernatorial election.

At a stakeholder meeting on political broadcasts in Akure, ldachabaa said that many politicians are failing to observe the precautions put in place due to politics.

He charged journalists to “use their platforms to educate politicians on the need to strictly adhere to COVID-19 precautions.

He said: “The election for governor of the state of Ondo is approaching at this difficult time when we are still fighting with the common enemy, COVID-19.

“Let us bear in mind that the threat of the virus is still real. Broadcasters must work safely and stay safe “

He regretted that politicians have spoiled decorum by failing to observe COVID-19 protocols.

The commission said it will not hesitate to revoke the license of any station that broadcasts content that tends to defame or denigrate any individual or political party.

Idachaba said that achieving a peaceful governance poll was partly up to media organizations and their broadcasters, as their content played an important role in this regard.

Therefore, he urged broadcasters to produce decent content, devoid of hate speech and decisive rhetoric.

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