Hope was rekindled on Thursday for the people of Akwa Ibom State as the House of Representatives, during its plenary, urged the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, to ensure that the Channel 35 Station in Eket commence full digital operation by the 2024 fiscal year.
This followed a motion brought before the House by the Member representing Eket/ONNA/Esit Eket/Ibeno Federal Constituency, Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, on the need for the resuscitation and resumption of operations of the Eket Station of NTA, which was established 17 years ago.
The House, which was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu, also noted that the operation of the Eket Television Station will boost economic development in the area and create job opportunities in the Federal Constituency.
While leading the debate on the floor of the House, the mover of the Motion, Hon. Etteh, said “the House is aware that the Federal Government invested so much funds in constructing and equipping the Eket Television Station technically to commence broadcasting. Sadly, this investment, which carried out testing over 17 years ago, has been abandoned and allowed to be overrun with weeds, grass, and crawling animals. The state of the Eket Television Station calls for serious concern.”
He added that the people of Akwa Ibom State, particularly the people of Eket/ONNA/Esit Eket/Ibeno Federal Constituency have appealed to all concerned institutions to ensure the Eket Television Station starts full operation for a broader news and educational channel
In its resolution, the House mandated the Committee on Appropriation, and Information, National Orientation, and Values to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislation.
The House also prayed NTA, Africa’s largest Television broadcasting network, to live up to its mandate and “provide excellent service worldwide and project the true African perspective.”
Meanwhile, the House adjourned its plenary to Saturday, December 30th, 2023 by 11 am.