PNG GOVERNMENT TO UPGRADE RADIO STATIONS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 10) - Provincial governors in Papua New Guinea have given their support for the upgrading of five State owned radio stations and promised that they would be kept on air at all times.

National Broadcasting Corporation managing director Dr Kristoffa Ninkama said this yesterday.

He also said he had received letters from the five governors who had given their full support to upgrade NBC radio stations in the country.

Dr Ninkama said the provincial capitals which would have their radio stations upgraded include Vanimo, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Lae and Kimbe.

He was referring to the recent signing of a K24.81 million project to improve the stations. 

The project was signed between the Japanese Government and the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu came under the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Dr Ninkama said the governors would continue to support the project and ensure that the stations would be maintained at all times. The provincial governments would fund the daily operations of the stations.

"Because of these tough economic times we have decided to link FM and Karai throughout the provinces," he said. "If the provincial radio stations are off air, the listeners are able to tune in to FM and AM frequencies."

Dr Ninkama said although they might miss listening to their programs on their local stations, they would still be able to listen to the national events happening in PNG.

Meanwhile, State Enterprises and Information Minister Arthur Somare recently expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for their support and assistance to upgrade the radio stations.

Mr Somare said: "This is seen as a very important effort, especially where the country entirely depend on radio communication as a main medium of communication to disseminate government’s development information to its people."

The PNG Government recognizes the important role played by NBC in broadcasting development policy programs to create public awareness about the work of the government, he said.

September 11, 2003

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

 

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