Nigeria: Confluence Cable Station Excites Kogi Residents

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As the stage is set for the commissioning of Kogi State's first private broadcasting station, Confluence Cable Network, residents of Lokoja and environs have continued to express excitement.

The Senate President, David Mark and several other dignitaries from across the country will perform the commissioning of the station, which is fixed to coincide with the birthday of its promoter, Senator Tunde Ogbeha.

A cross section of residents of the state who spoke to THISDAY in Lokoja were unanimous that the station couldn't have come at a better time than now, considering the inability of the state-owned broadcasting station to extend its services to every nook and cranny of the state and even when they did those services were mostly of a poor reception.

Showering encomiums on Ogbeha for establishing the station, a community leader from Yagba West Local Government area said the era of living in the dark has come to the end in Yagba West.

According to him, "the establishment of the station is a thing of great joy to those of us that reside in the rural areas because all this while, we have been living in the dark as we don't receive the signals of the state radio. Sometimes, we receive signals of Kwara and Ekiti States radio stations but most often, we are cut off."

Also, Mallam Gimba Shigaba, a resident of Dekina, commended the establishment of the station, and hailed Ogbeha for taking the bull by the horn to venture into broadcasting, which he described as capital intensive and a long term business venture that does not yield profit instantaneously.

"Since the vandalisation and burning of the state radio station at Ochaja early this year, people in the area have been living without listening to radio, and when we do, the stations we receive hardly report events in the state because they are not based here," he said. So, definitely, we are very happy with the coming of the station and we thank Senator Ogbeha for put his money into the venture".

Meanwhile, activities marking the commissioning of the station have reached feverish height a Lokoja, the state capital has been agog with different road shows and displays by various groups who were out to add colour to the occasion just as security has been beefed up in the capital by the state police command to ensure a hitch free commissioning.

However, with the coming on air of Grace 95.5FM, radio arm of the Broadcast Station today, one thing is certain: the masses of the state will be the better for it as the era of commencing broadcasting by 10:00am or noon sometimes as the case may be has gone as the people now have a choice while the impending competition would certainly engender better services from both the private and state owned stations.

(This Day (Lagos), 1 September 2007)