By: Wisdom Acka
The Abuja Broadcasting Corporation Limited (ABC), managers of Aso Radio and Television said it was targeting to raise N1 billion capital to drive reforms embarked upon and run the corporation effectively as a commercial enterprise.
Managing Director, ABC Ltd., Ibrahim Lawan Damisa disclosed this when members of the FCT Minister’s Press Corps, paid him a courtesy visit over the weekend on Katampe Hills, Abuja.
Damisa said: “When we came into office in 2017, we met abandoned equipments that depreciated due to technological advancement. We want to commercialise this place to run it as an enterprise. Thank God we have put in place an organisation we can all be proud of.”
“One Billion Naira capitalisation is our dream. For us to fully commercialize, we must be seen and heard at all times”, he said.
The MD stated that part of reforms carried out under him, which repositioned the organization on the right path include on-the-hand training of the Corporation’s personnel as well as upgrading of service to DSTV channel 392.
He added that he was able to record the achievements so far through “perseverance and strategic thinking”, which has necessitated the leap forward even during economic challenges.
Revealing plans by ABC to change its model of covering Abuja, Damisa noted that the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello was a quiet achiever, who did not like showmanship, but has turned the Territory into a construction site.
His words “Abuja is practically a construction site. There are projects everywhere; not only in the City Centre, but also in the satellite towns”.
Damisa disclosed that he was coming out with programmes such as Abuja File, City Managers and Abuja Master Plan to focus on showcasing these achievements and reporting Abuja much more effectively.
Damisa stressed that land was Abuja’s significant and God-given resource which required special focus to educate investors coming into the Territory to be aware of how to go about land acquisition and usage, so as to help them avoid experiencing challenges.
Making case for professional journalism, the MD tasked the media on ethics of the profession, regretting the havoc wrecked by interlopers through citizens journalism, where verification -a
critical tool in the profession, is usually relegated to the back
Damisa, therefore, thanked Mallam Bello, Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu, FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola and members of the Press for their continued support.
Earlier, Chairman of the Press Corps, Hudu Yakubu commended the mentorship, which the Managing Director has over the years provided to the younger people in the profession.
Yakubu noted that the Aso Radio and Television have experienced tremendous transformation, following the unparalleled commitment, which the management team of the corporation have shown.