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Delta Govt has no plan to sell DBS – Ukah

… says digital broadcasting to begin third quarter

The Delta State Government has said that it has no plans to sell any of its parastatals, including Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, now or in the future.

This clarification was made by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, when he led officials of Pinnacle Consultancy Company to inspect equipment in Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba and Warri yesterday.

He said that the State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, had put so much into the analog transmission system of DBS Asaba, to transform it into a better station, stressing that by the end of February, the analog system of the station would come on the mainstream, even as he called on all doubting Thomases to visit DBS, Asaba and Ubulu-Uku Transmission station to see what Governor Okowa had put into the stations and stop spreading false rumour.

The Commissioner further stated that the state government had connected DBS Asaba and Ubulu-Uku stations on the 33 KVA system to ensure steady power supply which acvording to him would soon be switched on by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

Speaking during the inspection, the Managing Director, Pinnacle Consultancy Company, Engr Adeniyi, said that in line with the digitization policy, DBS, Asaba and Warri, will commence digital broadcasting in the third quarter of the year 2018.

Engr Adeniyi who stated this when fielding questions from journalists said “Digitization is simple and it is not compatible with analog which has to have new sets of equipment, and you producing content must have new sets of digital equipment so that when you have digital content, it will flow with the digital transmission.

“We believe that Delta State is ready, but because we need to create space for our equipments, it might take us some time but I believe that on or before the end of the third quarter of this year we will start digital transmission in Warri and Asaba in Delta State” Engr Adeniyi said.

He stated that 80 percent of the equipment needed for the digital process were already in the state.