By Ogbolu George with agency report
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima says his government has upgraded its Radio FM station to check radical religious ideologies.
This was made known on Saturday in a statement signed by Isa Gusau, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to governor on Media, Communication and Strategy.
Gusau stated that the state government spent about N1 billion on procurement of high powered transmitter and equipment, and rehabilitated the station’s office complex.
He noted that a 20,000-kilowatts transmitter was installed at the station to boost its coverage to the 27 local government councils of the state, some parts of Adamawa, Yobe and Niger Republic.
”The FM station, which is an arm of Borno Radio and Television (BRTV), previously transmit on 3,000 kilowatts capacity transmitter.
”We completed the installation of 20,000-kilowatts transmitter and successfully carried out a three-day test transmission exercise.
”The station has drastically moved to achieve 100 per cent coverage, as against the previous 15 per cent transmission coverage of the state,” Gusau said.
The special assistant stated that the state government had approved additional funds to facilitate the establishment of four studios to be equipped with modern gadgets at the station.
He also said the state government is currently installing a 60-kilowatts capacity transmitter, a power generator and repairing obsolete equipment at the Radio AM station.