The Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), last Friday, new satellite audio network of its FM station, Oluyole FM.
Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, while inaugurating the project declared the readiness of his administration to build a greater Oyo State and that he would continue to run a government that listens to feedback from the citizenry and responds with appropriate actions.
In his speech, the governor maintained that with the commissioning of the satellite audio network, the station had exited the analog mode and could now reach the nooks and crannies of the state and bring feedback from the people, which would aid the quality of decisions by government.
Governor Makinde said: “With this inauguration, we can hear your feedback clearer even when you contribute to programmes on air. You can speak more and we will listen more. We will listen to everyone and respond with actions. We will respond by getting better.
“As I drove down for this event, I could not help but think about the importance of communication to the development of any community. I believe if we can’t understand ourselves mutually, we can give different interpretations to what is happening around us. Of course, communication guarantees more feedback. The more feedback the leadership gets, the better the quality of the decision that will be made.
“I have often taken every opportunity to remind the people of Oyo State that we are an administration that listens. We are not in the business of curbing free speech. When you complain to us about something, we look at it and act.
“I am sure you must have heard that yesterday, we went to the site of the Ibadan Circular Road and issued a stop work order. This is because we don’t want the people of Oyo State to be shortchanged in anyway. You spoke and we listened. The inauguration of this digital satellite network of the Oluyole FM station is because people spoke and we listened.
“While on the campaign train, I promised the people of Oyo State that this administration would take the BCOS to a height we would all be proud of and we have started delivering on that promise with the installation of this digital satellite network; no more analog. In Oyo State, we have gone digital. We can now get clean and clear audio signals to the nooks and crannies of Oyo State and get government closer to the people.
“Our administration is determined to do things properly, though it may take slightly longer. They still ask us what we have been doing but, today, we have another answer. What they were not able to do in eight years has been done within six months, even following due process.
“It is on record that both BCOS radio and TV did not enjoy any capital project intervention in nearly a decade. But in August, we released a little above N18 million for this project and, today, we are inauguration it in three months of our administration.
“Also, for the first time in about 12 years, BCOS will not have to engage the primitive use of mobile phones to monitor and transmit from its out-stations in Ajilete and Alaga. It can now send signals directly from the headquarters here in Ibadan. Despite the various commitments of government, we shall find the most effective way to ensure that BCOS TV channel gets due attention. We will get those signals to go beyond Ibadan. We are already on STARTIMES, GOTV. With time, we will get to DSTV.”
Earlier, the executive chairman of BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade, said the station had been operating within the spirit of the current administration, knowing well that probity and accountability are the hallmarks of the government.
He said the BCOS programmes’ content on Radio and TV were having a face-lift, which the public and the station’s business partners were taking judicious notice of.
“On broadcast content, our television and radio broadcasting are getting better and more innovative.
Presently, the corporation is working on a constant online presence on all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Website). Also, the corporation is preparing a Mobile Application that allows for instant access to all her content both on TV and radio. We are intensifying efforts in training our staff and collaborating in technical and programming areas with the British Broadcasting Corporation in the Uk, Netherlands Training School for Broadcasting and the Botswana Broadcast Station”, Oyelade stated.