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Minister Charges Aso TV To Promote Devt

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged staff of the newly commissioned Aso Television, to develop content that would promote the developmental agenda.

Speaking during the inauguration of the television, as well as the ultra modern Aso Radio studio in Abuja, Bello noted that the FCT more than ever, needs its institutions to bridge the gaps on issues that tend to divide the people, and help to build a strong, virile and stable society.

He recalled that one of the dispositions of his administration on assumption almost four years ago is the repositioning of broadcasting station and make it more relevant and worthwhile for residents of the FCT.

The minister explained that the journey for the establishment of the television station began earlier in 2004, when the license was obtained, with broadcast set to begin in 2007, which, which according to him could not be met due to a number of factors.

He continued: “It is heartwarming to see that this long drawn out project is finally set to begin full operations. It has taken a decade and a half to get us to this stage and I therefore expect you to hit the ground running.

“The FCT Administration has expended a lot of resources to get it (ASO Television) on its feet, and you (staff and management) should therefore justify the confidence reposed in you. You must also work hard to make this station economically viable, so that it sustains itself.”

Also speaking, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, sought for more assistant and support from media practitioners in the country to tackle insecurity across the country.

Mohammed noted that fake news and hate speech must be tackled so as not to undermine the image of the country, just as he blamed fake news and hate speech as responsible for the current insecurity being experienced in the country.

“Journalists and media organisations should provide content that will unite Nigerians. Interest of the country must be taken paramount than that of individuals.

If journalists avoid sensationalism and continue to be fair in their reportage it will go a long way in supporting the government’s fight against insecurity.

This is to say that, interest of the country must be placed above any other interest. We should think Nigeria first.”

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