Broadcasting: “NTA, FRCN’s use of 40-yr-old obsolete equipment unacceptable” – Info Minister, Idris

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, says the usage of obsolete equipment for broadcasting by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) is unacceptable.

“In this time and age of innovation, technology and digital transformation, using obsolete equipment for broadcasting is unacceptable”.

He said, “I am in Kaduna to see for myself the facilities of FRCN and NTA Zonal Offices. It is important to note that the FRCN’s transmitter at Jaji was installed over 40 years ago. Some facilities have been there since 1962.

“We cannot go on with this obsolete technology. Technology moves so fast now. So, relying on these pieces of old equipment to broadcast to Nigerians is no longer acceptable. So, I will go back to Mr. President to tell him what I have seen so that we can invest massively into our public broadcast facilities.

“We want Nigerians to be enlightened on the workings of government; we want to foster unity among Nigerians. We also want to improve agricultural exchange, promote education and entertainment for our people. It is important that we take this kind of tour round the country to see facilities in other parts of the country.

The Minister further lamented that: “The newest equipment they have in Jaji was installed around 1980 and 1982. This is not acceptable”. “Technology is moving very fast; we cannot stay behind. FRCN and NTA cannot stay behind.,” Idris stressed.

According to him, there must be a deliberate effort to ensure that the outfits were in tandem with the best of technology around the world.

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