House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to provide requisite facilities that would make the Nigerian Television Authorities, NTA, ready for digital switch.
Chairman of the committee, Mr. Olusegun Odebunmi made the call when he led other members of the committee on inspection of facilities at the Ibadan Zonal Station of the NTA.
Mr. Odebunmi lamented obsolete equipment currently at the disposal of the NTA saying it was incumbent on the federal government to expedite action through urgent procurement of modern broadcast transmission facilities that would prepare the station for digital switch.
The House Committee Chairman who commended the staff of the Nigerian Television Authority for living up to expectations despite inadequate broadcast equipment said the federal government should not allow election period to form the bases of doing the needful to its media outfit.
In an interview, the Zonal Director, NTA, Ibadan National Station, Engineer Omolola Olorode expressed optimism that the visit of the committee would fast-track the total transformation of the station which she said was long overdue.
Facilities inspected by the committee included rehearsal studio, audiovisual studio library, master control room, transmitter, museum, and the station’s power-house.