From Ogbonnaya Ndukwe, Aba

•Eze Mbakwe (middle) with NTA Aba staffers



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A traditional ruler in Abia State, Eze Nzenwata Mbakwe, has appealed to the management of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Ministry of Information, to update outdated transmitters and refurbish other equipment that enhance quality output in its production centres.

He said this will help sustain the teaching of Nigeria’s rich cultures to upcoming generations in the country.

The onetime moderator of a local Igbo cultural programme on television, Omenala Ndigbo, that lasted for over 20 years, said the influx of foreign programmes alongside their video inputs, and allowing the stations to die, was no longer acceptable, as the people’s cultures and traditions were now being eroded: “They should urgently equip and refurbish obsolete facilities in the stations, especially in Aba, to enable the staff work maximally.

“From my contacts with them, I noticed that t hey are willing to put in their best to carry government’s policy programmes to the grassroots but, they can’t do much when they work under constraints.”

The NTA Aba production centre general manager, Ede Onobu, who led his management team to solicit for cooperation with local communities, thanked the traditional ruler for receiving them and reassuring the people’s commitment towards moving the station’s core values forward.