9th November, 2010
As it kicked off celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary, Lagos State Governor,Â Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday commended the management and staff of LagosÂ Television (LTV), Ikeja for innovativeness and commitment to duty, saying these haveÂ helped government to interact with the governed in the state.
Governor Fashola, who spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, while receivingÂ members of staff and management of the television station who paid him a courtesyÂ visit as part of the three-day anniversary celebration of the station, said byÂ broadcasting in all the major languages in Nigeria and Pidgin English, the stationÂ has been able to capture the essence of Lagos as the heartbeat of Nigeria.
Mentioning some of the programmes, especially those that enable the people to askÂ questions and make comments on air, Governor Fashola declared:: â€œThis is the wayÂ rights are being protected; this is the way rights are being enforced; this is theÂ way Government is engaging in a daily handshake with the people for whom it isÂ responsible; for whom it is accountable; for whom only Government exists.
â€œWe acknowledge the great work you are doing; so many of you, too numerous toÂ mention; Baba Babs Fashina, Mr. Odumosu who is no longer in the service, BukolaÂ Kukoyi, Deji Balogun and others behind the stage that we do not see. You have takenÂ television broadcasting in this country to a level beyond what you may probablyÂ imagine.â€
According to the governor, â€œIf you want to know what is happening in Nigeria, switchÂ on to DSTV Channel 129. I say this because this is the news network that reallyÂ typifies what the feeling of the average Nigerian is because every NigerianÂ community is represented hereâ€.
Governor Fashola paid glowing tribute to elder statesman and former Governor ofÂ Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, for founding the station in 1980 saying allÂ Lagosians owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacies he left behind as Governor.
â€œAll of us are proud inheritors of his very enviable legacy; a legacy that hasÂ continued to churn out committed and passionate Governors for the State. It is thatÂ type of legacy which produced my most immediate predecessor, Asiwaju Bola AhmedÂ Tinubuâ€, the Governor said.
The Governor also commended the Permanent Secretary of the Station, Mr. LekanÂ Ogunbanwo, and other senior staff of the Station for the innovativeness of theÂ Station which, according to him, â€œhas enabled Government to have communication withÂ the governed through feedbacksâ€.
Wishing the Management and staff of the Station a happy anniversary, the GovernorÂ prayed that they would pass the torch to the next generation adding, â€œThere isÂ nothing esoteric about institutions. When institutions fail, it is people in thatÂ institution who have failed. But when institutions succeed, if you look behind itÂ you will see great men and women who have worked hard. And so when institutions likeÂ Lagos Television succeeds, it is the great men and women who have worked hard thatÂ have succeededâ€.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, while speakingÂ said the management of LTV 8 resolved to set an example in how to celebrate theÂ event by coming to the Governorâ€™s Office to congratulate him for the feat recordedÂ by the station in joining DSTV during this administration
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of Lagos Television, Mr.Â Lekan Ogunbanwo, said the courtesy visit was part of the three-day events planned toÂ mark the 30th anniversary of the Station.
Other programmes lined up for the anniversary, according to Mr. Ogunbanwo, includesÂ a lecture to be delivered by the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor TundeÂ Bakare, on Wednesday.
Also present at the event were the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr.Â Opeyemi Bamidele, the General Manager of Radio Lagos, Mrs. Tinu Aina-Badejo, topÂ officials of the station and top government functionaries.