Areas of statutory responsibilities and functions
(1) To provide, as a public service in the interest of Nigeria, independent and impartial radio broadcasting services for general reception within Nigeria and to provide external services for general reception in countries outside Nigeria.
(2) Ensure that the services which it provides, when considered as a whole, shall reflect the unity of Nigeria as a Federation and at the same time give adequate expression to the culture, characteristics, and affairs and opinions of each State or other part of the Federation.
Without prejudice to the Second Schedule of its enabling Act, the functions of the Corporation shall be-
(a) to elect, maintain and operate a radio transmitting and receiving station;
(b) to install and operate wired radio distribution services;
(c) to enter into arrangements with the Federal or a State Government or any other public body for the purpose of obtaining licences, rights, privileges and concessions;
(d) to plan, regulate and co-ordinate the activities of all the stations and the entire Federal radio broadcasting system;
(e) to ensure the establishment and maintenance of high standards and promote the efficient operation of the entire federal radio broadcasting system in accordance with national policy;
(f) to establish and operate a formula for sharing funds amongst all its stations;
(g) to organise, provide and subsidise, for the purpose of broadcasting, educational activities and public entertainment;
(h) to collect from any part of the world and in any manner that may be thought fit, news and
information and, subject to the News Agency of Nigeria Act, to subscribe to news agencies;
(i) subject to the News Agency of Nigeria Act, to provide and to receive from other persons matters to be broadcast;
(j) to acquire copyrights;
(k) to publish, print and reproduce any matter that may be conducive to the performance of any of its functions and offer for sale or other commercial purposes any matter so published, printed or reproduced;
(l) to produce, manufacture, purchase or otherwise acquire gramophone and other mechanical records and tapes and to use them in conjunction with broadcasting services or any commercial venture whatsoever;
(m) to provide facilities for training and advancing the skill of persons employed in its services and for enhancing the efficiency of the equipment used in its services including provision by the Corporation or by others on its behalf of facilities for training, education and research; and
(n) to carry out such other activities as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of all or any of the functions conferred on it under or pursuant to this Act.
[1988 No.9. Second Schedule.]
(1) Satisfy itself that the programmes broadcast by the Corporation and the stations comply with the following requirements, that is to say-
(a) that nothing is included in the programmes which is likely to offend against good taste or decency or is likely to encourage or incite to crime or to lead to disorder or to be offensive to public feeling or to contain an offensive reference to any person, alive or dead;
(b) that the programmes maintain a proper balance in their subject matter and a generally high standard of quality;
(c) that any news given in the programmes is presented with accuracy, impartiality and objectivity;
(d) that due impartiality is preserved in respect of matters of political or industrial controversy or relating to current public policy; and
(e) that subject to subsection (2) of this section, no matter designed to serve the interest of any particular political party is included in the programmes; and for the purpose of this subsection, the Corporation may set up a committee, which shall consist of the Director- General as the Chairman and all the Managing Directors, to draw up guidelines and advise the Corporation on such other matters connected with the foregoing as the Corporation may, from time to time, refer to the committee.
(2) Nothing in paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of this section, shall prevent-
(a) the inclusion in the programmes of properly balanced discussions or debates in which the persons taking part express opinions and put forward arguments of a political character; and
(b) the inclusion in the programmes of party political broadcasts which seek to explain the views and policies of the various political parties in accordance with the scheme of such broadcasts which apportions the facilities and time allowed between the representatives of the political parties in such a manner as appears to the Corporation equitably to represent their respective claims to the interest of the public.
(3) Secure the exclusion from any publication which may be issued by it or on its behalf, and without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of this section, from the programmes broadcast by it or on its behalf, of its own opinion as to the matters referred to in paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of this section, or of the opinion as to any such matters of any of its members or employees or of the opinion as in such matter of any member or employee or any agent of the Corporation.