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At Kano WTV launching:Media organizations have been charged to make professionalism their watch words and avoid being partisan in discharging their official responsibilities. 

At Kano WTV launching: Garba cautions media against partisanship

By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi

This is part of the message passed across media practitioners in Kano by the state Commissioner of Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba at an occasion to mark official opening of the Northern Regional Office of Wonderland Television (WTV) on Wednesday.

Malam Garba was the guest of honour and represented at the event by the Director Information of the ministry, Malam Inuwa Idris Yakasai.

Performing the function of the opening ceremony, Malam Garba, who was attending an official engagement in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on the order of the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said the role of media in information dissemination could not be overemphasized.

As such, he said, it is imperative for the media houses to be sensitive to professionalism in their contents with special attention to be paid to the culture and religion of the people in the region and shun partisanship in their activities as the state is politically volatile.

According to him, this will help to avoid pushing the state and the region into chaos.

At Kano WTV launching: Garba cautions media against partisanship 

While assuring the television station of support and cooperation towards achieving the desired goal, the commissioner said the Ganduje administration always welcomes those who are ready to help in developing the state.

He solicited the support of the media to help the state government to succeed.

He noted that the television station came to the region in style, saying that apart from its primary functions, the academy also provides training opportunity to the practitioners, urging media stations and Kannywood in the state to take advantage of the academy for training of their staff and members in order to acquire better skills in their activities.

At Kano WTV launching: Garba cautions media against partisanship

He told the owners of the television outfit that the ministry is ready to receive proposal from them on how to enhance information dissemination in the state, thanking them for the choice of the state to house their regional office, believing that the gesture would provide employment opportunities to the teeming youths in the society.

In his goodwill message at the event, the former Minister of Information in the country, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, described the television station as a pride to the nation, expressing delight with the achievements the outfit recorded within the short period of its inception, praying for God’s more blessing to the organization for it to continue to wax stronger.

In similar vein, the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Hajiya Sa’a Ibrahim, who doubles as the Director General of Abubakar Rimi Television, Kano, said the nation is witnessing transformation in broadcast industry because of changing gear from analogue to digitization, saying that the migration came with a lot of challenges as traditional media does not break news anymore due to operations of social media.

She urged the television station to be conscious of the challenges and focus attention on good professional editorial judgement, calling on the outfit’s team to ensure realization of the focus so that it would not derail from its mission, urging them to also pay attention to the welfare of their staff.

The Head of Department of Mass Communication of Bayero University, Kano, Dr. Haruna Isma’il was not left out as he used the opportunity to appreciate the courses of the academy, which he described as good, saying that he is glad at its launching with a view to having a sister station to help in producing television experts.

Also, Dr. Sule Ya’u Sule of the same university and chairman of a renown public relations outfit known as PR Nigeria who heads Kano-Jigawa Forum of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, said he was overwhelmed for seeing the television station around, saying no matter the competition, it would garner a lot of audience in the region and the state in particular which has over 15 million population.

Dr. Sule urged them to ensure good content and good staff to control it, which he described as very important, wishing them the best and to be one of the best on satellite.

Borno State Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Baba Kura Abba Jatau, joined the speakers to assert that the coming of the television station is a welcome development and one of the best things to happen to the Northern region, noting that television broadcasting started in 1929 in New York in the United States and had its feet in Europe in 1932, while it came to Nigeria in 1959 and started in Northern region in 1962.

At Kano WTV launching: Garba cautions media against partisanship

Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman of Wonderland Television, Alhaji Isma’ila Sani, Turakin Das narrated how the outfit came into being, describing it as broadcasting on high television network, saying that the choice of the state was informed by the number of viewers and its conducive atmosphere for business.

He said the station is committed to promoting businesses on television network, adding that its academy is poised to provide training according to changing dynamics and requirements of the broadcast media industry.

According to him, they are in partnership with Cyprus Media Academy with good facilities and have a team of world class professionals, explaining that they introduced the television outfit to bridge the gap by providing modern media training.

On his part, the General Manager Northern Operations of the station, Malam Auwalu Sa’idu Mu’azu said it was a rare opportunity and a plus to broadcasting in the nation.

Many media heads, practitioners and members of Kannywood attended the occasion to include the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Triumph Publishing Company Limited, Kano, Malam Lawal Sabo Ibrahim, who was represented by Malam Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi, a Deputy Director in the company, in addition to the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Malam Abba Anwar, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim and the Public Relations Officer of the state Command of the Nigeria Police Force, DSP Abdullahi Haruna among other media gurus.

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