Peace At Last! AIT & NBC Resolve Conflict, But With Conditions

Few days ago, DAAR Communication, owners of AIT/Raypower, had their business shut down by the NBC, following various allegations.

There was huge outcry from Nigerians, as some supported the move, while others denounced it. Of course, both the NBC and AIT had something good and legible to say in their defence, with the latter even going to court and getting a court order for NBC to lift the suspension.

However, following the suspension of the Broadcast License of DAAR Communication PLC, the President of the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), comprising of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), and The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), convened a meeting of all parties to resolve the issues in the national interest.

The meeting was hosted at 8PM, on Sunday 9th of June, 2019, by elders and patrons of NPO, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua and Uncle Sam Amuka, and also had the following persons in attendance:
1. Ishaq Modibbo -Kawu – Director General & CEO, NBC;
2. High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, DAAR Communications Plc;
3. Raymond Dokpesi, jnr, Chairman of the Board, DAAR Communications PLC;
4. Mr Tony Akiotu, GMD, DAAR Communications Plc;
5. Mrs Tosin Dokpesi , MD, AIT;
6. Barrister Donatus Anopuo – Company Secretary DAAR Communications PLC;
7. Uncle Sam Amuka, Publisher, VANGUARD Group;
8. Mallam Ismaila Isa, Patron NPAN and
9. Nduka Obaigbena, President NPAN and President NPO.

After an exhaustive and extensive dialogue, all parties RESOLVED as follows:

1. DAAR Communications Plc. will work out a new realistic payment plan with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), and ensure prompt payments in accordance with the new plan;
2. DAAR Communications Plc. will appoint an Ombudsman, to ensure balance in its news coverage especially political commentary; it will also take full editorial responsibility for the use of content sourced from social media outlets;
3. Following this NPO statement, The NBC will immediately lift the suspension of the broadcast license of DAAR Communications Plc;
4. DAAR Communications Plc. will withdraw its case in court, against the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and;
5. All parties will take necessary steps to work together to build confidence in the public interest.

This much was revealed by Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY / ARISE Group, President NPAN, President, NPO.

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