Digitisation: NGSG acquires new equipment or Radio and TV

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 By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna.
Niger state government has taken bold step to resuscitate and upgrade the state’s radio and television stations following the acquisition of new digital broadband broadcast equipment for the stations.
The state’s radio station, (Radio Niger) has for over sixteen years been without a transmitter for the AM band for its Medium Wave (MW) transmission while the Frequency Modulation (FM) band has equally been moribund, operating for only few hours daily.
The state Television Station, (NSTV) has for over four years been operating at minimum level due to dearth of equipment as well. The transmission Mast of the station was knocked down by windstorm about four years ago thus limiting the station’s transmission and outreach to cable viewers only.
But the state government recently acquired digital transmission and broadcast equipments for the two stations to put them back on air.
The government on Tuesday raised a 16 man committee to ensure the installation of the new digital equipments procured for the state owned radio and the television stations.
Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa said the present administration in the state was mindful of the importance of the electronic media in information dissemination, especially to the mass of the citizenry.
He said acquiring the new digital equipments for the state owned electronic media organizations was to ensure that the state was not left behind in the global digitalization trend.
The Commissioner while inaugurating the committee, urged them not to leave anything to chance in ensuring that the stations were back on stream and discharge their services at maximum capacity for the benefits of the state.
He charged the committee members to justify the confidence reposed in them in selecting them to do the job. “The government expects that you will do justice to your appointment as members of the project monitoring committee.”
He reminded them that the present administration was determined to leave behind a legacy for posterity and for the good of the state. “For over 16 years now the state owned radio and television stations have been in terribly bad shapes but this administration deems it proper and necessary to bring back life to these stations for the good of our people.”
Chairman of the committee, Umar Adamu Sanda while responding, assured the state government that they will put in their best in ensuring that the two stations are back on track for the good of the state and all citizens.

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