Nigeria: FCTA to Establish TV Station in Abuja

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A committee has been set up by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to undertake a feasibility study that would lead to the establishment of a television station in Abuja.

The FCTA currently operates a radio station (Aso Radio FM) but the FCT minister of state, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, who chairs the committee, says the administration needs a television station that would allow residents keep abreast of its activities and global events.

The minister of state, who undertook an assessment tour of facilities already on ground in Karshi (Abuja Municipal Area Council); Abaji (Abaji Area Council), Bwari (Bwari Area Council), and the Aso Radio Station in Katampe Hill, promised to ensure that state-of-the-art equipment is procured to establish the TV station.

At the Karshi Booster Station, the managing director of Aso radio & TV Services PLC, Arabi Muhammed Tukur, informed the minister of state that the booster stations had not functioned properly for the last three years. He said it was established in 1998 by former minister, Gen. Jeremiah Useni (retired).

"The three booster stations have a one-kilowatt capacity each and would be unfit for the type of television station the administration plans to establish," Tukur disclosed.He said for the new station to have the required impact, the Karshi Booster Station would require a two-kilowatt transmitter; Bwari (two-kilowatts) and Abaji (five-kilowatts) because of its distance from the Abuja city.

(Daily Trust (Abuja), 24 August 2007)