Northern Broadcast Stations may shut down as diesel price hits N730

Sends SOS to FG

Aminu Imam

Some Northern broadcast stations are seeking urgent intervention from the Federal Government to support them to continue being on-air, as diesel price hits N720-730 per litre.

The Executive Chairman, Atar Communications Nig. Ltd, owners of Liberty TV and Liberty Radio 103.3 FM Abuja and Chairman, Board of Trustee Northern Broadcast Media Owners Association, (NBMOA), Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, made the appeal in Abuja on Sunday, as the prices of petroleum products skyrockets, with electricity also not available.

“It is a difficult thing ensuring to continue broadcasting at this time, as diesel has gone up to N720-N750 per litre.

“It is getting extremely difficult to be on air and I don’t know how we are going to cope; because 100% percent of our TV and Radio Stations are running on diesel. There is no light.

“It is getting extremely difficult to continue being in business, and if nothing is done to be bring back stable public power and reduction of diesel price we may have no option than to cut down our programmes and reduction of staff, as we cannot permanently be running our operations on this high-cost diesel”.

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