ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State House of Assembly has said the acquisition of digital equipment and the ongoing construction of a world class digital studio at the Ogun State Television in Abeokuta, upon completion, would serve as a springboard towards the achievement of the digitization policy, in meeting up with international practices in the broadcasting industry.
The House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism led by Hon. Akinpelu Aina disclosed this in Tuesday during an oversight visit to the Television station, to assess its 2018 budget performance.
In a release by OGHA Press Officer, Jamiu Lawal, Aina said that, provision of modern equipment would make the State television the choice of advertisers and viewers, commending the State Government for its foresight in planning ahead of time by putting the State among the best in broadcasting business.
In their separate submissions, other members of the Committee lauded the management team of the State Television for promoting professionalism in the discharge of their duties, which they noted had bridged the gap between government and the governed.
In his remark, the Deputy General Manager, Mr. Festus Kehinde, lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led-government for its commitment to the advancement of the television station through the launching of OGTV on Media super Highway DSTV and GOTV, as well as the procurement of 500KVA generating set and other digital equipment to enhance the transmission quality of the station.
Kehinde, while explaining that the station raked in 42.6% of its revenue target, sought government intervention to be fixed on the Independent Power Plant.
In the same vein, the Committee also gave a pat on the back to the State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) for its revenue drive and self sustainability initiatives, notwithstanding the proliferation of media outfits in the country.
With a renewed assurance to give necessary legislative support to the radio station for quality service delivery to the people, the Committee tasked the station to continue to put in place more programmes to meet up with the demand of the highly selective audience, as the proliferation of media stations had increased competition and demand for qualitative programmes.
Responding, the Acting General Manager, OGBC, Diji Akinhanmi said the Corporation had been relaying credible, reliable and dependable information about government’s activities to the people.
The Committee also visited the State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, where the Management was commended for successfully positioning the African Drum Festival on the global reckoning.