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RATTAWU, NUJ To Resist Premature Inauguration of Delta Radio, TV

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 3:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emma Arubi, Warri

 

THE Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ), Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri and Asaba Chapels, and the Radio and Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) have resolved to resist attempts to inaugurate projects in both stations.

This is as the unions urged the Delta State Government to prevail on the contracting firm (COMFAX) handling the digitalisation project of both stations to expedite action to ensure the completion of the project.

The unions while commending Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s intention to reposition the state owned broadcast stations, particularly in upgrading of facilities to meet the international digitalisation requirement, resolved that the projects in both stations should not be launched until they been completed and certified by the stations’ engineers.

In a statement signed by their leaders, they urged the State Government to prevail on the  contracting firm COMFAX to replace  the Asaba Television Transmitters and its accessories to enable the station commence full transmission as the Television transmitter has not been on  air for over one year.

The Television transmitter at Ubulu-Uku is operating on the same channel 41 with the Warri station, saying that it is an unprofessional decision by COMFAX.

According to the statement, the Asaba and Warri Stations have continue to improvise in the running of the station by using personal cameras, vehicles and other logistics to run government business. The ministry of information supervising the affairs of the stations has posed as a clog in the wheel of progress, adding that “we request to be made a Directorate under the Governor’s office like our counterparts in some states”. The Television and Radio transmitters in Warri always go off air once it rains due to lack of thunder deflectors.

The unions have observed that COMFAX  has deliberately frustrated the digitilization of  DBS Warri and Asaba stations in order to extort more money from Delta state government as the well as put government under pressure to review the contract.

The unions have resolved to resist any attempt by the state government to commission an uncompleted digitalization project by embarking on a “BRING BACK OUR TV AND FM” protest on the streets of Warri and Asaba.

As part of their strategies to press home their demand, the two unions held a two-day prayer and fasting for the development and growth of DBS.