The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has given approval for the state’s broadcasting service to commence operation on January 1, 2019.
This followed the reopening of the stations by the National Broadcasting Commission.
The State owned broadcast station was ordered shut by the NBC on July 15 for various infractions, including unauthorised airing of results of the July 14, 2018 governorship election in the state.
The reopening is sequel to the submission of report of the panel set up by the state government to look into the remote and immediate causes of the closure as well as Fayemi’s intervention.
Following the Governor’s engagement with the NBC leadership, the regulatory body agreed to an instalmental payment of the fines slammed on the station.
Consequently, the Governor approved the January 1, 2019 commencement date, and directed that all arrangements for the re-opening be concluded within next one week.
While appreciating the NBC management under the leadership of Isha’q Modibbo Kawu for its understanding, Fayemi said government would put necessary structures in place to ensure that the BSES is run professionally.
Meanwhile, Idowu Oguntuase, one of BSES’ most senior official, has been directed to be in charge as Acting General Manager pending the outcome of the White Paper on the Visitation Panel report.