Nigeria: Niger State Acquires N449 Million Transmitter to Resuscitate NSTV
As part of efforts to resuscitate the state-owned Niger State Television (NSTV), the state government has spent N449 million for the procurement and installation of a 40 kilowatts digital transmitter. Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Aliyu Baba Barau, disclosed this during an inspection visit to the station in Minna.
Already, Barau said N240 million had been paid to the contractor, Comfax Nigeria Limited, while the balance of N209 million would be released upon completion of the installation.
The contract for the transmitter was awarded by the former governor of the state, Abdulkadir Kure, during his tenure but the project was stalled when a Commission of Inquiry set up by the preset administration to look into the contract awards by the Kure administration commenced sittings.
He said the installation of the transmitter would enable the station commence full transmission to all parts of the state, instead of the present skeletal service that can only be received in some part of Minna, the state capital.
Baba-Barau stressed the importance of the electronic media in educating, informing and enlightening the people on the government policies and programmes and even occurrences in and around the country.
"The television station is operating with an analog 2 kilowatts transmitter which had for some times now incapacitated its outreach but the installation of the new 40 kilowatts transmitter will bring alive the television station".
The commissioner also explained that the contractor has also completed the installation of 30 and 35 kilowatts transmitters for the state AM and FM radio stations, adding that the test-running of the transmitters will begin in two weeks time.