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CONSIDERING the antecedent and predegree
of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, it is not
surprising that he has been appointed
the Director General of the Nigerian
Broadcasting Commission (NBC) by
President Muhammadu Buhari. He assumed
duties at the commission’s head office on
May, 25th 2016.
A veteran journalist, Kawu has edited the
vibrant and popular Daily Trust newspaper
after his appointment as the first General
Manager of Radio Kwara in Ilorin, Kwara
State. A prolific writer for nearly four decades
now, Kawu is no doubt one of Nigeria’s
most syndicated newspaper columnists who
writes incisive and powerful articles usually
published every Thursday, in the Blueprint
and Vanguard Newspapers, as part of his
meritorious services to the nation in the past
35 years or so.
Kawu’s appointment is therefore, a fitting
return to public service for a man who in the
last three decades or so has meritoriously
served the country in many capacities in
both the public and private sector.
The DG who began his journalism career
in the 1980’s has paid his dues. It is no longer a hidden fact that of recent the commission
has undergone a massive transformation
for the better. Apart from the very good
reception now being accorded to visitors at
the commission’s office, stakeholders in the
broadcasting field have openly revealed
that they are satisfied with the services
being offered to them by the commission.
Apart from repositioning his
management team, one sensitive issue that
Kawu has handled beautifully as far as his
workers are concerned is the digitalization
matter which his office is in the fore
front in its implementation to enable the
country to meet the June 17, 2017 deadline
given. Kawu has so far handled this
programme properly and there are good
signs that it will succeed as planned by
the Buhari administration. Already, Kawu
has publically declared that as far as he
is concerned, the programme has gone
beyond testing in Abuja, Lagos and Jos.
The advantages of the new system is that it
enhances easy communication, providing
of clear Radio signals and reception apart
from the fact that damaged equipment
could easily be replaced instead of placing
new orders which could take a long time
before they are provided by manufacturers
after receiving a lot of money from
traumatized customers.
Kawu told the House of Representative
committee on public hearing recently
that the programme has already taken
off in the country. Nigeria is expected to
complete the transition from analogue
to digital broadcasting on June 17.Kawu,
a professional journalist to the core is
convinced beyond reasonable doubt that
the deadline will be met. He has devoted the
whole of his life to his career and is known
as a straight forward person who believes
in saying the truth as it is at all times and
in whatever situation he finds himself no
matter what may happen. It is because of
the transparent manner Kawu conducts his
affairs that both his colleagues and a large
number of people share his sentiments and
opinions whenever he expresses them as a
The deadline for the digital switchover
in Nigeria has so far generated
a lot of anxiety amongst the people.
While some people feel it might not be
realized, many other professional bodies
believed it can be achieved. Last week
Wednesday, and Thursday, the House of
Representatives committee on the digital
switch-over programme organised a
public hearing at the Assembly’s complex
where stakeholders brain-stormed on the
implementation of the programme. It was
during this lively which many contributors
agree to disagree on the deadline for the
schemes implementation, that Kawu said,
he was convinced that the deadline will be
Kawu was emphatic that government
has done whatever is needed or required
to implement the project. According to
him, the infrastructures needed to meet the
June 17 deadline for Nigeria had been put
in place.
Kawu has indeed been described by his
colleagues as a simple and easy to approach
individual who does not harbour any
grudge against anybody no matter what
may have happened between them. He is
one of the leaders in the journalism world
in the northern part of the country. Kawu
had without hesitation told the House of
Representatives committee members that
he is very confident that Nigeria will meet
the June 17 deadline on the switch-over.
The digital systems, he explained, is very
important to the country. Which his writer
believes is the reason a lot of funds have
been expanded on the project.

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