Govt Boosting Information Delivery

BY AUSTIN OYIBODE
DELTA State Government is investing a total sum of N1,664,952,141bn for the purchase, digitization of the two arms of Delta Broadcasting Service in Warri and Asaba. In addition, work will commence on the permanent site of The POINTER Newspapers in the second quarter of the year.
The State Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah (Esq), who disclosed this to journalists during the on-going ministerial press briefing yesterday, added that an approval has also been given for the purchase and installation of optic fibre links and UPS for the radio arms of the two broadcasting stations to the tune of N28,600,000.

The Commissioner, who spoke in company of the General Managers of the three state media outfits and NTA, Asaba, explained that the initiative was aimed at boosting the quality of services rendered by the electronic media and to meet the requirement of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) for the digitization of broadcast media in the country by 2012.
For the POINTER Newspapers, the Commissioner said the organization has experienced a quantum leap in the supply of facilities for better information management and enhancement of its overall performance.
He told journalists that two additional Hilux vans for improved distribution of the paper and a saloon car for the company General Manager, have been purchased for the company, adding that the process of acquiring a 350KVA generating set is currently in progress.
Ogeah further explained that one major boost of the newspaper is the hoisting of the POINTER website which has boosted efforts at promoting the policies, programmes and projects of government which has aided the dissemination of government activities to Deltans both at home and in the Diaspora.
Also, he told journalists that the construction of a modern press hall and a generator house was in the offing, noting that the acquisition of a printing press for the company was already in progress.
“As part of the 2012 budget, work will commence in the second quarter of the year on the permanent site of the company, beginning with the construction of a modern press hall and a generator house. The press hall will accommodate a web offset printing machine as well as serve other imperative purposes’.
“A timeline is already in place for the actualization of the proposed building of a press hall and the acquisition of the printing press for the company, this year, all things being equal. Our projection is to have both processes take place simultaneously. The current corporate headquarters of the company will undergo a facelift next month while more office fittings and furniture will be supplied to the company to create a conducive environment for the company”, the commissioner said.
The commissioner also said, in the unfolding year, the ministry would give priority to training of the editorial staff of the company so as to help beautify the content, noting that “greater impact will arise from a more effective coverage of the state activities while utilizing the presence of information officers in the 25 local government areas of the state”.