VP’s Remarks At The Commissioning Of Atar Communications Limited
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE COMMISSIONING OF ATAR COMMUNICATIONS NIGERIA LIMITED, ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER, 2019.
I am extremely honored and proud to be here today to perform this commissioning of the Liberty TV and radio 103. 3 FM studio. I am honored because it is a great thing to be associated with excellence, with high achievement, with vision and farsightedness. This is what we see in the trajectory of the Atar Communications, led by dear friend and brother; Dr. Tijani Ramallan. Since as we heard, the company commenced operations as far back as 2012. Over the years, they have expanded into many parts of Nigeria, being one of the fastest-growing in terms of coverage in both our urban and rural areas across the country. Liberty TV as we have heard is rated among the top ten in Nigeria. The station now reaches in Plateau, Osun, Kaduna, Kwara and of course, the FCT.
The reason why I am proud to be here is because, as I said, my brother and friend Dr Tijani Ramallan, founder of this ATAR Communications is making waves. Tijani and I were classmates from form I in secondary school many years ago. Our other classmates are sitting here also, Tunde Fowler of the FIRS, and Uche Okpuno of the UNO group. As you can see, they are all extremely successful people. It’s always good, as a politician, to have successful people around you. So, I am really proud of what my friends are doing.
Of course, we have been excited about his groundbreaking achievements from his days as a successful Ports and Maritime professional to his phenomenal success in media, spanning the ownership of Liberty Television, Liberty Radio Kaduna, Tashar Yanci FM, Voice of Liberty weekly news magazine, and Muryar Yanci online newspaper. Today, he moves to the next level, with the unveiling of the digital studios here in Abuja.
The third reason why I think this is an auspicious occasion is that today is historic in the history of broadcasting in Nigeria. On this very day, 60 years ago, the 31st of October 1959, the Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) station was opened, the first in Africa. So, we celebrate 60 years of the introduction of television into Nigeria today. And, it is very auspicious to have a new digital studio open in Abuja. So, it is really a very special pleasure to be here to commission this visionary achievement, the Liberty Television Abuja, digital studios and the 103. 3 FM Abuja, radio digital studios.
I pray that it will achieve its objectives to inform, to educate and to entertain, and it will do so with the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. And that, it will do so with the view of ensuring that all of what they broadcast brings us together as a nation, brings our people together as one. And that at all time, they recognize the primacy of television and radio in educating our people, in building up our people and building us into a stronger nation.
Thank you very much.