Okezie Ikpeazu

The Abia State government has procured equipment worth over N65m for the digitalization of the state-owned Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA),

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Elder Ifeanyi Agbai made this known at a one-day sensitization seminar on Digital Switch Over (DSO), organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Umuahia the state capital.

Describing the seminar as very timely and in tune with the government’s policies, Mr. Agbai pointed out that the state is the first in the country to cue into telehealth initiative by using telecom to drive health care services.

In her address, the state Director of NOA, Lady Ngozi Okechukwu said the areas of coverage of the seminar includes process of accessing benefits provided by such policies at the federal, state and local government levels”.

She said the seminar is a continuation of the agency’s efforts to provide information and generate feedback from the people to raise awareness to actualize the vision of the nation in active citizen’s participation.

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“We are committed to providing citizens in both rural and urban areas with adequate and accurate information to enhance programme effectiveness, citizen’s responsiveness and government accountability”.

Similarly, the chairman of the occasion Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai commended the NOA for organizing the seminar, appealing to it to take the message to the grassroots.

Agwu Ukpai, who is the deputy chief of Staff (DCOS), office of the Governor, said “if technology is not brought down to the grassroots, there is a problem” adding that this should be done through the traditional rulers.

Speaking on “Understanding Digital Switch Over: A New TV Culture”, a staff of the Federal Information Center, Umuahia, Mrs. Gloria Abiakam highlighted the need for DSO from analogue transmission. According to her, it would afford consumers wider variety of shows on multiple channels, better quality broadcast, reduced power/energy consumption, and more efficient broadcasting.


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