The government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to bring back the lost glory of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria, Kaduna.
The Minister of Information and National, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, restated the government’s commitment during his address to the staff of both stations recently in Kaduna when he paid a working visit.
According to the Minister, both institutions have promoted Nigeria’s unity, peaceful coexistence, religious harmony, democracy, civic consciousness, industry, and agriculture. The Minister added that both stations have also promoted national awareness, social mobilization, enlightenment, among many achievements in post-independent Nigeria.
Idris said: “I am aware of the human and material challenges of the FRCN, Kaduna, and the NTA, including inferior working tools, outdated infrastructure, poorly motivated workforce, and low competitive content, among others.
“My coming here today, in the company of the Directors General of the NTA and FRCN, is to genuinely seek a realistic approach to addressing some of these challenges, which is at the forefront of our priorities.
“We shall explore all the available options to ensure that we restore the lost glory of the NTA and FRCN.
“The case of the FRCN at national and state levels is even more dire, particularly here at Radio Nigeria, Kaduna, a once prestigious bastion of information that has produced innumerable broadcast icons.
“Indeed, Radio Nigeria Kaduna needs urgent resuscitation. We will surely act with urgency on this rescue mission.
“President Bola Tinubu carefully appointed all heads of parastatals in the Ministry of Information and National Orientation to help him succeed in this arduous task of rebuilding Nigeria.”
He made it known that rebuilding the communication outfits and every other task would be achieved through Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, which is anchored on eight cardinal missions.
According to him, the missions include food security, poverty eradication, growth, job creation, access to capital, inclusion, the rule of law, and fighting corruption.
He said is available to explore opportunities that would offer the necessary funds to ensure that NTA and FRCN are equipped with modern technology and quality staff to maximize their potential.
He added that the government will reward hardworking members of staff who work day and night to inform, educate, and entertain the public.
He said: “The government is aware of your invaluable contribution to nation-building amidst great challenges.
“Together, we will not only address the current issues but also build a foundation for a more robust and technologically advanced future for the NTA and FRCN.”