University of Lagos, UNILAG move to establish a television station. UNILAG was the first campus to operate a radio station in Nigeria and now, they have been licensed for the first campus to operate a television station in Nigeria.
If it obtains the license, University of Lagos (UNILAG) will make history as the first higher institution to operator a television station in Nigeria.
Officials of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) last week visited the institution’s Department of Mass Communication to inspect digital equipment acquired by the school to oprate the station.
The inspection process ended with the NBC officials expressing confidence in the department’s capacity to manage the television station.
Students practised a live recording in the studio to demonstrate the school readiness to begin operation.
Speaking, former Head of the department, Prof Ralph Akinfeleye, said the ambition to establish a television station by the department had been top of its agenda for many years.
He explained that a proposal for fund was forwarded to the World Bank to make the television station a reality. The proposal, according to him, was granted. This, he said, enabled the department to purchase needed equipment and facilities for the station.
The Acting HOD, Dr Abigael Ogwezzy-Ndisika, expressed optimism that the department would be licensed to operate the station.
She said: “The issue of licensing is concluded. From what we heard from the team that came to assess the facilities, it is obvious that the department stands out. Our students too are on top of their game. We are currently a UNESCO-rated centre of excellence, and we are working on moving to distinction. We have the first radio station in Nigeria and we are also being licensed for the first television station in the country.”
She praised Prof Ralph Akinfeleye for making great efforts in the licensing bid. (The Nation)