By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” The University of Jos has installed digital broadcast equipment worth millions of naira for the take off of its training broadcast station.
The institution was among the 27 universities issued with broadcast licences by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, last yearÂ for the training of students.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Sonni Tyoden said while taking over the installed equipment from the contracting firm that the development was heart-warming.
According to him, â€œwe are proud that of all the universities that got their licences, ours is one of the first to take off. As usual, Unijos is holding the flag high, always the pacesetter that we are.â€
Professor Tyoden who was interviewed live as part of the test transmission of the station, believed that the purpose for which the licence was given which is to expose students in communication_related disciplines to practical training would be achieved.
â€œIt will also help the university management and the community in general to interact and communicate with one another. This is an avenue to at an instance, convey to the university community decisions and policies that have been take by the management while waiting for memos and circulars to go round.
â€œI think it will also help to expose and sell the university to the world directly. So you donâ€™t necessarily have to come to the university to know what is happening thereâ€, he said.
Earlier, Managing Director of the contracting firm, Broadcast 65 Limited, Mr. Steve Gukas said the installation of the digital equipment has put Unijos ahead in the broadcast industry in the country.
â€œItâ€™s a station thatâ€™s not just one of the first to go on air out of the batch that was given licences, but itâ€™s actually one university that is ahead of the curve in terms of digital broadcasting in Nigeria. What Unijos has is something that the FRCN and other older broadcasting stations are looking forward to having.
â€œSo when we talk about digital cut_over you are already ahead and thatâ€™s highly commendableâ€ he said.