The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Chief Godswill Akpabio CON on Thursday, 3rd January, 2013 commissioned a digital radio transmitter at Ntak Inyang, and a state-of-the-art studio complex for Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation.
This signified the breaking of a two-decade yoke from the analog transmitter the state official radio station has been using since 1991, as commissioned by His Excellency, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga (FSS,PSC+), then military governor of Akwa Ibom state.
As the world transited into a digital age, the need for upgrading had been long overdue; ‘Prophet Godswill’ (as he now chooses to be addressed) came to the rescue with the new digital radio transmitter for audio clarity.
Historic guests were present, the likes of Moses Ekpo- the first Commissioner of Information & Communication, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga was also present at the commissioning and he was full of smiles, so also was Eddie Ekpenyong, the ace broadcaster that was on duty that fateful Saturday, 27th July 1991.
In his speech, Governor Akpabio frowned at what he refers to as ‘Gutter Journalism’ –‘the type practiced by the publishers of Global Concord Newspapers. It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as messengers, but to understand the hidden agendas of the message, as breaking news can break the society’.
While commending the Director General of AKBC, Pastor Praise Okon, he admonished others to emulate professionalism in the discharge of their duties, assuring journalists in the state of his continuous support.
Nelson NseAbasi reporting from Uyo