Niger signs N300m contract to digitise radio station
Mr. Andrew Achanya, Acting General Manager, Radio Niger, has said that the state government had signed N300 million contract to ensure the digitilisation of the station.
Achanya disclosed this in commemoration of World Radio Day with the theme for 2017 edition, “Radio is You”. He also said that the state government had sent two staff of the station to Italy for two-week training on the job, to enable them manage the digitisation when in operation.
According to him, the effort is also due to the premium government places government on broadcasting and the need to transit from analogue to digitisation of the radio.
“The state government has, however, promised to train more of our staff to enable us manage the machines on ground. “The training will virtually go round, those we cannot train abroad we would train them at the National Broadcasting Academy, (NBA), Lagos”, he said.
He said that the AM and FM station would continue to operate together until March when the station would have been completely digitised.
“By April, when we are digitised completely, we are going to be global, and Radio Niger will be received everywhere around the world”. Achanya identified fluctuation in power supply as one of the challenges affecting the operations of the station.
“We are usually on plant, we use diesel throughout the 18 hours that we transmit. “We buy diesel for N270 per litre and we use almost 200 litres daily and that brings it to N54, 000 on a typical day.”
The World Radio Day is an annual event usually marked on Feb. 13 to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international cooperation amongst broadcasters and to spur other networks.
Radio broadcasting started in Nigeria in 1933 by the British colonial government, named the Radio Diffusion Service (RDS) which gave birth to the Nigerian Broadcasting Service with radio stations in Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan, and Kano, April 1950.