A registered coalition of over 186 CSO group identified as Civil Society of Groups for Good Governance on Friday, warned critics of the director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, to desist from distracting and allow him do his job effectively.
In a statement signed by the President,Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, the group stated that as a core professional, Kawu knows his onions, adding that the allegations of malpractice on the digital switchover contract being levelled against him were designed to distract him from the onerous task of repositioning the NBC for maximum performance.
Ogakwu, stated that the issues being made out of the contract supervised by Kawu’s office were “unwarranted, unfounded, and misplaced.”
While recalling that a section of the media had “mischievously and falsely” reported that the NBC board suspended the DG,The President wondered how such action could be taken when “there is no concrete evidence against a professional like Kawu who has written his name in gold.”
“It is also on record that a member of the board, who is versed in the modus operandi of the organisation, has exonerated Kawu from all the allegations and issued a press release where he debunked the claims; yet some unscrupulous elements are bent on tarnishing Kawu’s hard-earned reputation by allocating to him a name not befitting his character.
“Our coalition is saddened by the report which quoted an unnamed source for such a story when the reporter could have reached the chairman to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the deliberately mischievous and unprofessional report.
They have grossly misrepresented the facts of the matter. The DG is a veteran broadcaster for over three decades. He made those applications with his company in 2005 as a private individual and politician. “He has rights to contribute his quota and experiences to national advancement.
The group should have written for clarifications and avoid proceeding in error. The DG should not be distracted to enable him focus on how to achieve the mandate of the commission,” He added.