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The Benue State government has signed a N600 million contract agreement with EMTELCOM Network Ltd UK for the establishment of a state television station in Makurdi, the state capital.

Performing the signing ceremony in Makurdi on behalf of the state government recently, the commissioner for Information, Cletus Akwaya disclosed that the state executive council had since November last year approved the company's bid among seven others after a careful due process.

According to the commissioner, Messrs. EMTELCOM was chosen because the company submitted a more competitive bid in addition to having the requisite experience and knowledge of the African market.

He said the company was expected to install and test run the equipment before final hand over to the state government, adding that the contract which is for the supply and installation of digital Television equipment is billed to be completed within six months.

Akwaya, who commended the state governor, Dr. George Akume for his keen interest and support in ensuring the completion of the contract process also acknowledged the input of the Ministries of Information, Justice and Finance for the painstaking process and assured of government commitment to fully redeem its side of the contract.

Responding on behalf of EMTELCOM Ltd, the Managing Director, Mrs. Tina Lyod woolclerk and Engineer Mark Lyod who also signed for the company, expressed satisfaction with the contract process and assured that the latest technology in Television broadcasting world be introduced in the state with staff adequately trained to use them.