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FG gags media, NTA threatens staff over social media

The Federal Government (FG) may have concluded plans to gag the Nigerian media especially starting with those under its direct watch, reports ITREALMS.



Indication to this effect follows an internal memo by the management of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) which vowed to deal with any of staff who makes comments “online” from now on.




The circular issued by the Director- General of NTA, Yakubu Mohammed, dated January 15, 2018 was signed on his behalf by the Executive Director, Administration and Training, Mr. Steve Egbo.




The circular with reference number: NTA/HQ/EDAT/CIR/Vol.1/03/4, sighted by ITREALMS, the DG was quoted as saying that the “online publications” referred to in the circular were comments by staff of the NTA on social media platforms, especially Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.




ITREALMS also gathered that NTA management was concerned because the report of such comments have “been getting to higher authorities.”




Hence NTA management threatened action against those who make such comments, which it described as “reckless and unethical.”




Further, Mohammed warned 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.”




Nonye Dom/GEE


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