An aspirant for the Chairmanship seat of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, Sir Godfrey Ohabunwa has pledged to build a unified industry that would speak with one voice and set the narrative for the body if given the opportunity to serve.
Sir Ohuabunwa made his position known while interacting with newsmen in Abuja.
He stressed that his primary objective was to see that the broadcast profession becomes self-regulatory as other professional organizations like NBA, ICAN, and NMA in the country.
He noted that the relationship between BON and other regulatory agencies especially NBC, APCON, and NCC needed to be strengthened hence the need for the view of convergence in the media ecosystem.
He stated that to make sure that BON was effective, it would be positioned to leverage on opportunities in international sports events and programs for the benefit of its members’ adding that it hopes to make sure that the licensee enjoys reduced and staggered License fee payment with the NBC.
”With the hopeful leadership of BON, I hope to deal with the nagging issues of TV license fee by LGAs, debt profile with Agencies, to see to the use of digital access fee for the development of local content: money to be channeled to fund content producers, especially children animation, etc” he noted.
He also stated that on the issues of Television/Radio license fee, his position would seek technological options to solve the issue of collection by Local Governments while pursuing constitutional amendment to its provision in line with global best practice.
Sir Ohuabunwa pledged to Institute a functional and working audience measurement system for the industry and to review the constitution so as to strengthen grey areas.
” I will make sure top boxes and decoders are Locally manufactured to build the capacity of existing 13 licensed manufacturers and make NBC create nationwide awareness and sensitization and strengthen harmonious relationships between the industry and the regulator,” Ohabunwa said.
He also stated that on the issues of Television / Radio license fee, his position would seek technological options to solve the issue of collection by Local Governments while pursuing constitutional amendment to its provision in line with global best practice.