The British Broadcasting Corporation’s Media Action on Tuesday in Abuja, donated equipment to the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) to boost the quality of its programmes and news.
Donating the items, the Acting Country Director of the BBC Media Action, Sam Miller, said that the gesture was to further boost the organisation’s partnership with the FRCN.
He said that the group was currently training two members of staff of the FRCN, stressing that the collaboration would be extended to other FM stations under the FRCN.
“It is the beginning of a process; we will be handing out broadcast equipment to quite a lot of FRCN stations across the country.
“It is part of one of several projects we run here aimed at improving the coverage on radio of issues relating to governance and health.
“We want to develop the production capacity of radio stations and provide technical support in form of equipment, which we are donating today and soon to many other FRCN stations in Nigeria.”
He expressed optimism for a deeper cooperation with the FRCN.
In his remarks, the FRCN Director-General, Alhaji Ladan Salihu, expressed gratitude to the BBC for the donation and pledged to use the equipment to enhance the programmes of the corporation.
Salihu, who was represented by the Director of Programmes, Emeka Odikpo, said that the partnership with the BBC has been fruitful.
He said that staffers of the corporation currently on training, would will help advance the station upon completion of their programme.
He said that making programmes completely noise-free was still a challenge and hoped that the partnership with the BBC would enable the station to overcome that challenge.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that items donated included laptop computers, digital voice recorders, editing suites and broadband.