By Cletus Opukeme, Daily Editor
Delta state commissioner for information, Chief Patrick Ukah has said that the state owned television stations DRTV Warri and Ubuluku television station have been perpetually affected by analogue equipment which could not transmit clear visions even within Warri and Asaba , the base of the stations.
Chief. Uka disclosed this today in Asaba, capital of the state while featuring in the Delta state Online Publishers Forum (DOFP) ‘‘ Frontline ’’ a media interaction/participatory programme.
He said ‘‘ We met analogue equipment in the radio/television stations in Warri/ Asaba and we have been trying our best to revamp them. We brought in consultants/experts where several tests have been carried out. What we need is digital transmitters which could transmit clear vision and sound to even distant places to compete with other television stations in the world.
‘‘ When we made attempt to purchase modern transmitter as part of Okowa Smart agenda. Apart from the high cost. But we met other operational challenges in NBC as regards its guidelines in use of new transmitter for television stations. There are bottlenecks which we are battling to overcome. We have opted to go for repair of the existing analogue transmitters. That is the reason our audience is suffering with poor vision and sound when there is little bad weather.’’ He said.
He although said that while waiting for digital transmitter to run the television stations to serve its numerous viewers, he said Star time subscribers can use an extended antennae to enjoy clear signal/viewing.
He said in DRTV Warri, the station has lost three thunder resistors at separate times to thieves and that protection and proper handling of the public property is a major challenge to the government.
He also noted another challenge which he said the government faces. That the IGR which the stations generated are also spent without remitting or reporting to the government in running parts of the stations.
He also said that his ministry inherited a very bad environment from his predecessor in 2015 where, according him, the environment looked like a bad police station. But he boasted, under Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa administration, the ministry of information has put a state of the art equipment in the office, modern printing machines as well as robust staff training had been done on information management, advertisement and public relations to promote the image of the government.
‘“My successor will meet a well trained staff and better ministry of information in the state, if my time elapses’’ he said. When asked whether he lobbies to retain his job. He said ‘’ His Excellency is a man of integrity and does not allow external factors in making his decisions. If my services deserve continuity, it is at the discretion of the governor’’
Chief. Ukah commended the members of DOPF for their display of professionalism over the years and assured to collaborate with the press, especially the Delta online publishers whether in government or outside government.