LTV @ 30: Fashola Commends Lagos TV For Commitment, Innovativeness


As it kicked off celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary, Lagos State Governor,  Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday commended the management and staff of Lagos  Television (LTV), Ikeja for innovativeness and commitment to duty, saying these have  helped government to interact with the governed in the state.

Governor Fashola, who spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, while receiving  members of staff and management of the television station who paid him a courtesy  visit as part of the three-day anniversary celebration of the station, said by  broadcasting in all the major languages in Nigeria and Pidgin English, the station  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 ask  questions and make comments on air, Governor Fashola declared:: “This is the way  rights are being protected; this is the way rights are being enforced; this is the  way Government is engaging in a daily handshake with the people for whom it is  responsible; for whom it is accountable; for whom only Government exists.

“We acknowledge the great work you are doing; so many of you, too numerous to  mention; Baba Babs Fashina, Mr. Odumosu who is no longer in the service, Bukola  Kukoyi, Deji Balogun and others behind the stage that we do not see. You have taken  television broadcasting in this country to a level beyond what you may probably  imagine.”

According to the governor, “If you want to know what is happening in Nigeria, switch  on to DSTV Channel 129. I say this because this is the news network that really  typifies what the feeling of the average Nigerian is because every Nigerian  community is represented here”.

Governor Fashola paid glowing tribute to elder statesman and former Governor of  Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, for founding the station in 1980 saying all  Lagosians owe him a debt of gratitude for the legacies he left behind as Governor.

“All of us are proud inheritors of his very enviable legacy; a legacy that has  continued to churn out committed and passionate Governors for the State. It is that  type of legacy which produced my most immediate predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed  Tinubu”, the Governor said.

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The Governor also commended the Permanent Secretary of the Station, Mr. Lekan  Ogunbanwo, and other senior staff of the Station for the innovativeness of the  Station which, according to him, “has enabled Government to have communication with  the governed through feedbacks”.

Wishing the Management and staff of the Station a happy anniversary, the Governor  prayed that they would pass the torch to the next generation adding, “There is  nothing esoteric about institutions. When institutions fail, it is people in that  institution who have failed. But when institutions succeed, if you look behind it  you will see great men and women who have worked hard. And so when institutions like  Lagos Television succeeds, it is the great men and women who have worked hard that  have succeeded”.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, while speaking  said the management of LTV 8 resolved to set an example in how to celebrate the  event by coming to the Governor’s Office to congratulate him for the feat recorded  by the station in joining DSTV during this administration

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of Lagos Television, Mr.  Lekan Ogunbanwo, said the courtesy visit was part of the three-day events planned to  mark the 30th anniversary of the Station.

Other programmes lined up for the anniversary, according to Mr. Ogunbanwo, includes  a lecture to be delivered by the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde  Bakare, on Wednesday.

Also present at the event were the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr.  Opeyemi Bamidele, the General Manager of Radio Lagos, Mrs. Tinu Aina-Badejo, top  officials of the station and top government functionaries.

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