By Salisu Sani-Idris
Abuja, May 26, 2021
Mr Ordinary President, Ahmad Isah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Human Rights Radio and Television, has apologised to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) with a promise to be more professional in his conduct and broadcast.
Isah, the presenter of Brekete Family on Human Rights Radio, was on Tuesday summoned by the NBC to meet with the management to clear the air on some sundry issues regarding his professional conducts.
A statement signed by the Acting Director-General of NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, said the management of the commission met with Ordinary Ahmad Isah on May 25, at the commission’s headquarters.
He explained that the meeting was in respect of the summons by the commission for Ordinary Ahmed to meet with the management to clear the air on sundry issues regarding his professional conducts.
Idachaba said that Ordinary Ahmed tendered his apology and assured the commission that he would henceforth do better, if given the opportunity.
The acting director-general assured that the NBC would take necessary steps to instill professionalism in the broadcast industry with a view to move it forward.
He stated that the NBC was committed to ensuring a sustainable broadcasting industry and as such, the commission was emphatic about quality broadcasting.
Idachaba further pointed out the infractions recorded on the Human Rights Radio and requested Ordinary Ahmed Isah to urgently address them.
A retired Deputy Director, Monitoring, NBC, Mr Usman Okinobayi, who is also the consultant to Human Rights Radio, commended the NBC for its efforts in upholding professionalism in the broadcast industry.
He stated that lessons have been learnt and the NBC would henceforth see changes in the programme and its presentation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NBC had invited Ordinary Ahmed over alleged assault to enable the commission know the circumstances surrounding the situation that led to the assault.
NAN recalls that Ordinary Ahmed was captured in a new BBC Africa Eye documentary slapping a woman who torched a young girl’s hair over witchcraft allegation.
She reportedly tied the girl’s hands and legs, poured kerosene on her head and ignited fire.
Fortunately, the child is alive, but her head suffered severe damage.
The complaint was brought to the Brekete Family after about three months for intervention and Ordinary Ahmed sponsored the treatment of the girl.
But he later lost his temper by slapping the accused who burnt the girl and who did not show remorse over her action during a live broadcast.
However, Ordinary Ahmed tendered an unreserved apology to all concerned over what he described as a “reflection action” of anger after the incident.
“I am very sorry. I am not happy. I will live to regret my action,” he declared.