The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Wednesday said he had no plan to sell the government-owned radio outfit in the state, Radio Kwara.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyideen Akorede, said Mr. Ahmed reassured the citizenry of his determination to complete the ongoing transformation of The Herald, Radio Kwara, Midland FM and Kwara State Television (KWTV) into ultramodern media houses that every Kwaran will be proud of.
The statement explained that Mr. Ahmed remains totally committed to the promise to bequeath ultramodern state-owned media houses before the expiration of his tenure.
“It is the only non-infrastructure project accommodated under the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K), the funding window under which funds are released for projects on quarterly basis.
“Based on Governor Ahmed’s determination to bring these projects to a quick completion, he has directed that the projects should be given priority under IF-K funding, to ensure that the projects are completed before the June deadline,” the governor’s aide disclosed.
While explaining that the re-positioning of KWTV has been completed, he disclosed that digital signals of the station will be switched on as soon as testing is completed in days.
He said the government had also purchased and delivered digital cameras, lights, digital consoles, switchers and other modern equipment to the station to ensure its capacity to compete favourably. He added that the governor had ensured the complete renovation and extension of KWTV’s premises in order to make the environment more convenient for the station’s employees.
He explained that relevant training were also conducted for all staff of the station so that they can perform their duties optimally.
Dwelling further on the next phases of the re-positioning projects, Mr. Akorede informed that government would ensure the purchase of a new 10KW digital transmitter for Midland FM; renovation of Midland FM premises; completion of the renovation of Broadcasting House in GRA; purchase of new digital live and recording studios for Radio Kwara AM; and a complete overhaul of the AM station’s transmitters to ensure that the signals are received across the whole of the state.