Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State says the current Administration will work with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria to ensure the relocation of the South-South Zonal Headquarters to Yenagoa.
The Governor who gave the assurance when the Director General of the FRCN, Mansur Liman led other top Management Officers of the Corporation to pay him a courtesy visit at Government House, Yenagoa said the State government would maintain its relationship with Radio Nigeria.
Governor Douye Diri who described FRCN as a household name in the Media landscape of the country, stated that the Press plays a significant role in the survival and sustenance of democracy in the nation.
Recounting the robust relationship between the FRCN and the State Government, he gave an assurance that the current administration would build on such ties, pledging readiness to synergize with the Management of the Corporation to ensure the relocation of the South South Zonal Headquarters to Yenagoa.
While directing the Commissioner for Information to liase with the FRCN DG to actualize the relocation, Governor Diri also highlighted the possibility of Creek FM sharing the mast being constructed at the State Media Complex.
The Governor used the occasion to highlight some of the projects and programmes of the present administration which include the construction of eight new Technical Colleges across the State to enhance skills acquisition and job creation, according priority to primary health care systems as well as road and other developmental projects to open up the State.
He called on the Federal Government to allow States to create Local Government Councils through the State Houses of Assembly in line with the principles of Federalism, asserting that it was unfortunate that Bayelsa has only eight Local Government Councils with large areas such as Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa.
Earlier, the Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Doctor Mansur Liman noted that Radio Nigeria has been part of the history of Bayelsa right from its creation on October 1, 1996.
The Director General stated that with the decision of the Management of the Corporation to create the South South Zonal Headquarters in 2014 there was need to ensure its relocation from Port Harcourt to Yenagoa, soliciting the support of the State government to actualize the objective.
Doctor Liman commended the Governor for some developmental initiatives such as the completion of Ultra Modern Media Complex, ongoing construction of the three Senatorial Roads and other Infrastructural Projects.
The FRCN DG was accompanied on the visit by the Director, Corporate Development and Communications, Osana Omame, Director Engineering, Askira Sanda, Management of the the South South Zonal Headquarters led by the Zonal Director Lucky Obarein and that of Creek FM led by the General Manager, Sunday Udosen and Director, New Media to the Governor, Kola Oredipe, an Assistant Director with the FRCN.
Reporting by Alambo Datonye Editing by Tina Oyinsan