The Governor of Rivers State, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi has said that the Rivers State Television(RSTV) would soon go digital with new equipment and buildings in order to meet modern standards and serve the state better.
Rt. Hon Amaechi made the disclosure yesterday while playing host to the Board and Management of the Nigerian Television Authority(NTA), in Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor said the new state-owned television would after the overhaul go satelite on DSTV.
Amaechi said,” We have already started making arrangements to rebuild RSTV and I have directed them to ensure that they are on DSTV. We are about to award the contract and this would completely renew their infrastructure; everything that they have including the building that they have if necessary so that they can provide better services to Rivers people.”
He pointed out that the greatest asset of any government is communication hence the need for the Federal Government to also fund the NTA to boost its operations.
Governor Amaechi tasked the management of NTA to be resourceful in its activities in order to keep the organisation afloat to meet current challenges, and assured that the River State Government would do all it can to assist in providing land towards ensuring that the new community stations come on stream.
He pledged quick approval of the Certificate of Occupancy for the Zonal headquaters office in Port Harcourt immediately the body fulfills the necessary financial obligations.
He lauded the federal-owned television for promoting government activities saying, “NTA has been very kind to us and we are supporting in anyway we can.”
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman of the Board of NTA, Mr Patrick Ogbowu congratulated the Governor Amaechi for his successful 100 days in office noting that his victory at the polls was a testimony of his visionary leadership in the state.
“I have no doubt that you must have used this time to symbolically mark your development strides as a guide for your renewed four years in office”,Ogbowu remarked.
The NTA chairman who commended the Governor for the new model primary and secondary schools, health centres and road projects he has embarked opined that the landmark projects are an indication of his pragmatic and ingenious leadership style.
He intimated the Governor that the Board of the television authority were in the State to assess facilities for the planned community stations earmarked for each senatorial district of the state and appealed to the Chief Executive to assist the organisation in the provision of land and funding to enable it fulfill its statutory obligations.