Gov. Adeleke commissions N1.2bn digital equipment for state broadcasting stations

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has commissioned N1.2 billion state of the art transmitter and digital equipment for the radio arm of the State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC)

Adeleke, who spoke at the commissioning of the equipment at Ile-Awiye, Oke-Baale in Osogbo said the gesture was in fulfilment of his five cardinal principles of which inclusive governance is one.

He said that the digital equipment was procured to serve the three radio stations of OSBC in each of the Senatorial districts.

The Governor assured that he will not renege in ensuring better performance of the media in the state.

Adeleke also pledged his commitment to resuscitating the television stations of the corporation.

His words: “When I took over the reigns of government, we met OSBC in a very deplorable condition. The equipments of both the radio and television stations were obsolete while the morale of the staff was at the lowest ebb.

“The OSBC that used to pride itself as the voice of the southwest was struggling to be aired even in Osun state as it was reduced to the status of community stations. The situation was indeed unacceptable.

“We swung into action immediately. This prompted my visit to the Corporation last year April to have a first-hand assessment of the state of things. Today, I am glad that there is a reversal of the then pitiable trend.

“My administration decided to fix the three radio stations of OSBC at the same time for geo-political balancing. OSBC 104.5 FM, Osogbo, 89.5 FM, Orisun, Ile-Ife, and 96.3 FM, Reality Radio-Vision, Iwo are all provided with two transmitters and two digital studios each, making six digital studios and six transmitters in total.

“In addition, my government has provided generating plants, inverters, and UPS for the smooth operations of the stations.

“To the glory of God, we are witnessing the rebirth of the stations. I have just approved the appointment of a new director-general and permanent secretary in person of Mrs Jolaade Igbaroola.

“My administration is the first to appoint a permanent secretary for OSBC. In a few days, the general managers that will micro-manage these stations will be unveiled.

“The reward of good work is more work. I demand more work now so that our investments will yield dividends for the people of the state. I am committed to the resuscitation of the corporation’s comatose television stations,” Adeleke said.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, OSBC board, Engr. Mayowa Oloso described the investment by the Governor into the conglomerate as a call to service, assuring him of the commitment of the management and staff to reclaim its glorious position in the industry.

Also, the Director General, OSBC, Jolaade Igbaroola, while commending the Governor of the trust in the OSBC’s family, pledged the management unfettered commitment to the development of the state through an efficient journalism guided by ethics.

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