Report from Ukah’s Desk
Ukah urges NBC to expedite action on Digital Switch Over
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been urged to expedite action on the digital switch over programme in the television broadcast industry.
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, gave the charge when the Benin Zonal Director of the NBC, Dr. Tony Anigala, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Asaba, Thursday, June 15.
Mr, Ukah, who thanked the Commission for including the Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) among stations to be in the first phase of the switch over, said it will give the government broadcast media the platform to reach wider audience.
He said government will partner the Commission in ensuring that the digitization vision comes on stream to the benefit of all.
He advised the new Zonal Director to put in his best in promoting broadcast code and ethics pointing out that the State government has made necessary arrangement to fully maximize the programme.
The NBC Zonal Director in charge of Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo States, Dr. Tony Anigala, said he was in the Commissioner’s office as part of familiarization tour of States in the zone as well as seeking ways of partnership in ensuring a hitch free digitization in the zone.
Dr. Anigala said the Ministry of Information, being the umbrella of the state owned broadcast stations, needed to be carried along in rebuilding and rebranding broadcasting in the State from analog to digital.
He appealed to the Commissioner to assist the stations at all times to enable them meet standards in digital broadcasting reassuring that it’s monitoring roles would not be compromised.
Uphold unity, objectivity, professionalism Ukah tells Delta NUJ
Members of the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have been challenged to uphold unity, objectivity and professionalism in all their activities.
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, gave the charge in his office in Asaba on Thursday, June 15 when he played host to the newly elected Delta State Executive Council of the NUJ led by the state Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu.
Mr. Ukah said journalism, anchored on high ethical conduct, will not only promote development but will also advance peace and unity in all segments of the society.
He congratulated the Chairman and other State Executives on their successful election and swearing in and urged them to be magnanimous in victory in addition to carrying all along in the scheme of things.
The Commissioner enjoined media practitioners in the state to partner government in promoting the policies and programmes of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa based on facts and not fiction.
He assured the NUJ executive that the union’s secretariat, being financed by the state government, will be ready for commissioning soon adding that a conducive working environment will be provided for Journalists to operate.
On the tour of local governments in the State by Governor Okowa, Mr. Ukah said it has brought to the fore that the administration has littered the three Senatorial Districts with landmark projects even in the midst of economic recession.
He sued for the support of Deltans in building a new Delta where peace and unity will take the centre stage.
The state Chairman of the Delta State Council of the NUJ, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, said the visit was to introduce the new executive to the Commissioner and to pledge readiness of members in promoting the policies of government without bias.
Comrade Ikeogwu lauded Mr. Ukah for his neutrality before, during and after the election and reminded members of the need to contribute their quota in bringing the needed transformation to the union.
He thanked the state government for the secretariat project and appealed to the contractor to redouble effort for the quick completion of the job.
He said strict adherence to the core values of the profession will be the watch word of his tenure.