The Delta State Government has reiterated that it has no plans to sell any of its parastatals, including Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, neither now nor 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, on Wednesday.
He said that the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has put so much into the analog transmission system of DBS, Asaba, to transform it into a better station, stressing that before the end of February, the analog system of DBS would come back 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 has put into the stations and desist from peddling false rumours.
The Commissioner further stated that the state government has connected DBS Asaba and Ubulu-Uku stations to the 33 KVA Power systems to ensure steady power supply which would soon be energized by the 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 stated this when fielding questions from journalists saying “digitization is not compatible with analog systems. It requires new set of equipment and content which will flow with the digital transmission.”
“We believe that Delta State is ready, but because we need to create space for our equipment, 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 further stated that 80 percent of the equipment needed for the digital process was already in the state.