Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said due to the importance of the broadcast industry, the state government has completed over 90 per cent of digitalizing of the state radio and television stations.
The governor made the statement on yesterday in Kano while declaring open the fifth national delegates conference of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU).
Ganduje, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, described the broadcast industry as “one of the backbones’’ of the Journalism profession in Nigeria.
He said that the industry should be given more consideration, adding that his administration had invested much in the broadcast industry in the state.
He called on members of RATTAWU to deliberate on avenues of promoting the industry during the conference.
Responding to a request by Mr Yemisi Bamgbose, the outgoing President of RATTAWU for a piece of land to establish a broadcast institute in the state, Ganduje said he would consider the request.
Earlier in his address, Bamgbose commended members of the union for their support and cooperation during his tenure.
He said that the success recorded during his tenure would not have been achieved without the `tireless efforts and determination’ of members of the union.
“Such achievements include the procurement of a permanent secretariat for the union and the unionisation of many private media workers,” he said.
Bamgbose called on the incoming leaders of the union to work harmoniously with every member of RATTAWU to ensure more success for the union.
He called on owners of private media organisations to give the union necessary support, especially on the issue of unionisation of their workers.
He said that if the workers in private media outfits were allowed to form a union, it would motivate them to work hard for the progress of their organisation.