By Aliyu Dangida & Tina Akannam
DUTSE—Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and his Kaduna State counterpart, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero yesterday, jointly commissioned the Jigawa State Broadcasting Corporation, JBC, constructed at the cost of N1.050 billion.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony, Lamido advised the in coming government to carry everybody along irrespective of their political or religious inclinations.
He also asked the in-coming administration to always maintain the structures and equipment put in place as well as trim the flowers to ensure a good working environment for the staff.
His words:- “Jigawa of today is not the Jigawa of yesterday. Those coming behind me should and must change their orientation. Never ever again shall Jigawa citizens be regarded as dirty people”.
Earlier in his speech, the state Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, Babandi Ibrahim Gumel had said that the contract which was awarded to AG Fererro in 2011 was completed with modern equipment in 2014, saying the idea of constructing the JBC was to make the station a world class African TV/Radio station.
Gumel explained that apart from construction cost, government had spent over N26 million in the provision of modern gadgets and other facilities to make the station favourably compete with any broadcasting house, adding that additional N360m was spent in the upgrading of the Jigawa Radio from analogue to digital, to enable it expand its coverage proximity.