The Society of Nigerian Broadcasters (SNB), South East Zone has been inaugurated
Performing the inauguration at the Boardroom of Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), on Tuesday, 15th February, 2022, the Executive Secretary of Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Dr. Yemisi Bamgbose said that the Society of Nigerian Broadcasters was formed as a result of the yearnings by broadcast professionals in Nigeria to have their own professional association, and called on all broadcasters in the South East to register with the association.
He encouraged Chief Executives and station managers of both government owned and private radio and TV stations in the region to encourage their staff to register, as the SNB is now the sole authority in the broadcast industry to register practitioners, regulate practice, prescribe qualifications and admit members into the various membership categories.
“SNB will help to professionalise the broadcast industry. It will help to improve standards as various SNB state councils will be encouraged to hold regular trainings for members. Also, SNB will look after members welfare in a lot of ways. Although the SNB has been long in coming, but I praise the work done by our senior statesmen, and broadcasters who in 1994 registered SNB with the CAC.
The bill for the establishment of SNB will soon be passed by the National Assembly, having passed the second reading. I encourage practitioners to register with SNB because just like what is happening with other professions such as ICAN, ANAN, COREN, NSE etc, membership of SNB will soon become the basic standard for promotions and employment in the broadcast industry”, Dr. Bamgbose said.
Welcoming the participants, Mr Chukwuma Ogbonna, the Director General of ESBS said the organisation was proud to be hosting the inauguration and pledged that management will encourage staff of ESBS to become members.
In his own remarks, Chief Dr. Uche Nworah, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), and a member of SNB Implementation Committee said that SNB will help broadcasters to have their own identity. He promised to support the growth of SNB in the South East region.
Engineer Okey Igbonekwu, the Chairman of BON, South East zone pledged that BON, South East zone, will work with all the broadcast media in the zone to ensure that their staff become members of SNB.
Performing the ceremonial unveiling and distribution of the forms to broadcasters in the South East, Sir Anyaso Anyaso Onyekachi, Director General of Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State, (BCA), presented the membership forms to those present.
Practicing broadcasters in the South East can register with the SNB through the appointed representatives in their various stations. Broadcasters who have a minimum broadcast experience of five years are eligible to apply for Associate membership, while those with 10 years experience can apply for full membership. Fellowships will be determined by the SNB council.