By Bode Olushegun
Yobe State government on Thursday signed a contract agreement for the digitization and globalization of the State owned Media Houses, the Yobe Broadcasting Corporation(YBC) and Yobe State Television(YTV).
The agreements were signed by the Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Abdullahi Bego on behalf of the Yobe State government while the representatives of the two companies; Tiggen Technology Nigeria Limited and Elroth Global Resources and Enterprising signed on behalf of the contracting firms.
The contract agreements will see the purchase, supply and installation of modern equipment at the two broadcast stations and the repairs of a studio at YBC which was burnt after catching fire on the night of June 17, 2020.
In his remarks after the signing ceremony, the Commissioner charged the contractors to work on the timely execution of the contracts with strict compliance with all contractual agreement including specifications.
He said Governor Mai-Mala Buni was poised on repositioning the face of the media in the state to meet every global standard required.
Bego, while giving the details of the contract, said that the contract for YBC is the supply and installation of an on air equipment and acoustic for the burnt studio at the FM station at the cost of N18.3m and N2.9m for the repairs of the burnt down building.
He said another contract signed for YBC included the supply and refurbishing of broadcasting equipment for both AM and FM stations at the cost of over N39 million.
He stated that the signing of the contract was a step towards hooking the state radio to the global Radio Garden to be assessed any where in the world.
“For the YBC this is the initial phase of the digitization process. With this contract, YBC would be able to broadcast 24 hours online as while the station broadcasts during their normal broadcasting hours, for the remainder of the night up to the next day of the transmission, the services of the station will be on a website that will be created available on radio garden.
“The next phase for YBC is to ensure that the transmission radius of the station is upgraded so that all parts of the state and even neighboring states can receive the signals of the radio stations,” Hon. Bego said.
For the State owned Television, YTV, Bego disclosed that “this contract involves the purchase of antenna system, installation and repairs of 1032 Feeder Cable at YTV Transmission station at the cost of N28, 140, 000 to Tiggen Tech. Nig. Ltd”.
Business Development Manager, Elroth Global Resources and Enterprising, Mrs Elizabeth Gotan, who spoke on behalf of the contractors praised the governor for the project.
She dressed that it will open the state to the outside world and make governance easier for the government and her people.
She also promised to abide by all contractual agreement and specification including timely delivery of the project.