NIGER Delta Television, NDTV, in Gbarantoru ,
Bayelsa State, has been described as a pride to the
government.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation,
Daniel Iworiso-Markson,
said yesterday that the
significance of NDTV accounts for why everything is being done to make it fly higher.
He said this during a
familiarization tour to agencies under his ministry,
stating that with its wide
reach and personnel, the
television station has a great advantage over others.
He therefore charged the
management and staff to work harder to sustain the
pride of place that it occupies and the huge investment government has made so far.
“I have no doubt that you have the personnel to do the job, but I want you to improve on your capacity and content, use your programmes to create a
positive mindset about the
various government policies that have impacted positively on the lives of the people.
“You have the advantage
because you have a wider reach. I understand that people in far flung communities in our state
view your programmes and even those in other states,
so that is clearly a plus for you. I urge you to be up and running.”
Iworiso-Markson, who acknowledged some of the
current challenges facing NDTV, admonished the
staff not to be deterred, as government would take steps to address them.
”Running a television station is not a tea party, you all deserve to be commended, but you must justify the need to address some of your demands as Governor Dickson wants to see this place move to the next level,” Iworiso-Markson said.
Earlier in his address,
the General Manager of the station, Tamarakuro Oweifie, had intimated the
commissioner that since
assumption of office in 2012,
the present management has done a lot to change the face
of broadcasting in the state.

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