Benue govt to establish TV station 41 years after creation

Benue State government on Tuesday said it has concluded plan to establish it own television station, 41 years after the creation of the state.

The state was created on February, 13, 1976 by late military head of state, General Murtala Mohammed.

The permanent Secretary overseeing the Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mrs. Eunice Agada, disclosed this while declaring open the 2017 Ministerial and Accountability Press briefing at NUJ House, Makurdi.

“It is worthy to note that the state has been without its own Television station since creation in 1976, and there is only one television station in the whole of Benue, the Nigerian Television Authority, Makurdi. A development that has halt information dissemination across rural areas in the state.”

Agada stated that already experts had been brought in to test the existing equipment worth over N1bn at today’s foreign exchange rate and found most of them to be in perfect conditions.

She said, ”With a little push now, the state TV will hit the airwaves because we have put almost all the necessary things on ground including purchase of 150kVA generator and enough workers. We are also making concerted efforts towards digitizing the state Library.”

According to her, the Ministry under the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom has established an Ultra Modern ICT centre duly equipped with trending ICT equipment and gadgets with the capacity to render ICT training to the state ministries.

She commended the governor for the purchase of 10kW transmitter for Radio Benue Makurdi and 5 Kilowatts FM transmitter for the Idekpa substation for uninterrupted transmission.

She disclosed that the AM arm of the state radio has been resuscitated through purchase of modern and state of art equipment for the station.

The Benue Television Corporation project was conceived by former governor George Akume and was inherited by his successor, Gabriel Suswam.

Suswam was said to have started the execution of the project, but abandoned it when it was about 90 per cent completed..