Legislators take steps to reopen decommissioned Eket NTA station

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Eket, Akwa Ibom State’s Channel 35 on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) is being revived by the House of Representatives.

Approximately seventeen years ago, the station was left deserted.

In response to a resolution put up by Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, who represents the Eket/ONNA/Esit Eket/Ibeno Federal Constituency, during Thursday’s plenary session, the House requested NTA to guarantee that the Channel began fully digital operation in 2024.

House members also pointed out that the Eket TV station’s launch will bring about local job possibilities and economic growth.

As the House debated the matter, Etteh made it clear that the federal government had spent a lot of money getting the Eket Television Station ready to start broadcasting.

“Unfortunately, the testing for this investment was conducted more than 17 years ago, and since then, it has been left to grow weeds, grass, and bugs.”

He went on to say that the citizens of Eket/ONNA/Esit Eket/Ibeno Federal Constituency and the rest of Akwa Ibom State have pleaded with the relevant authorities to get the Eket Television Station up and running so that more people in the area can have access to educational and news programming.

The House resolution directed the National Orientation and Values and Appropriation and Information committees to monitor compliance and submit a report on any additional legislation within four weeks.

Additionally, the House hoped that NTA would fulfill its mission by “providing excellent service worldwide and projecting the true African perspective.”

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