June 5th, 2012
watched with utter dismay the gradual descent of the
country’s national television into myopia and irrelevance.
For as long
as I can remember, the Nigerian Television Authority which
although deserves commendation in some areas, has never won
the total confidence of the audience when it comes to candid
it gives lopsided attention to happenings that is the talk
of the moment and would rather air political or some other
irrelevant programmes. Little wonder why
serious contenders on the global stage.
It is to say
the least appalling that on June 3, 2012, another ‘black
day’ that saw over 150 people perish, our dear NTA was
showing a documentary. The observing outside world must have
laughed their heads off owing to incompetence on the part of
sake’s what were the managers thinking? If we very much needed
them to pull a mischievous prank on our psyche, we would
and not them forcing it on our sights. I hope they realize
that that singular action is a collective disgrace; even
with high-class facilities and immensely talented personnel,
the channel could not give us real time reportage of the
accident. What preposterousness!
home and abroad each time, tune to foreign channels or the
internet to get live updates when there is a breaking news
"Giant of Africa"
because we have a redundant and incorrigible national outfit
that announcing itself as the largest TV network in Africa
is the best it does. Someone should please tell them that
line is nauseating; they take so much pride in it but don’t
live it up.
All over the
world, the several government-owned television stations that
were privatized are today very effective. Apart from the
autonomy they enjoy, huge investments worth millions of
dollars are also gained. Should NTA follow suit, I have no
hesitation it will do better than what presently obtains.
channel review its operations and if it is finding it
difficult to match general expectations, it should honorably
Unfortunately, we are in a country where all that matters to
occupants of public officers is how to retain their seats;
they lick the boots of their employers, putting them first
and the country second.
Shame on the
Federal Government that has refused to allow a free hand of
broadcasts on its own TV; shame on the Ministry of
Information for never having the guts to tell the higher
authority what a proper thing is; shame on the National
Broadcasting Commission for being a toothless dog
only gnash when asked to; shame on the management of the
station for being a brainless stooge that cannot look up to
the face of paymasters and tell the truth.
‘gbosas’ for a number of local and international
(electronic/print media) outfits for not only staying true
to the profession but also rescuing us. The ill-fated
incident was recorded and discussed on several blogs and
news site. It is amazing what the ‘new media’ revolution is
doing too. We were abreast of information while our yeye
government-controlled station even with its presence all
over the federation kept mute carrying on in a way that
suggested “Relax viewers, all is well”.
grammar goes out of hand, let me end by saying this;
sometimes none is better than half bread. NTA is a
monumental disgrace and should be scrapped! Chikena!