“It is only a restructured Nigeria that can restore the past glory of the country”, the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, declared on Saturday, October 2, 2021 in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
Makinde, who spoke at the unveiling of a homegrown digital television outfit, SATVIEW Network, argued that it was unbelievable that Nigeria, which had the first television station in Africa, now has to rely on foreign television networks if its people must watch clear signals.
The Oyo chief executive disclosed that he will not relent in identifying, encouraging and supporting talents as well as creative-minded youths to grow businesses in the state, pointing out that the push for a restructured Nigeria is aimed at making it regain the series of firsts recorded by the first generation leaders.
“So, I came here today to let our people know that all is not lost”, he told his audience at the television house, adding “we are pushing for a restructured country because when we achieved all of these firsts, the country was not over centralised at that time.
“We believe that when we push through the agenda to restructure the country, we will be in a better position for people to unleash their talents, not just the local economy, but also to place us where we really belong in the comity of nations right across Africa”.
The Oyo governor stated that he will continue to tap into the potentials of the talented ones and give them necessary support to thrive in their chosen fields and declared, “So, the SATView Network is not the first network to bring programme to our people, but what is unique about this offering is, once you buy the decoder, you are not going to pay any money.
That is the difference. “Oyo State, Ibadan precisely, hosted the first TV station in Africa”, he reminded the people at the event.
“Almost all of us here have DSTV at home and the money we are paying to DSTV is going directly to South Africa because that is where the parent home is.”We missed the road, but we believe that, with the talents that we have, if we nurture them, we can get our position back as truly the first in Africa.
“I came here to; first of all, validate my position that there are several young talents within us that we need to encourage. They may be doing their things in the smallest of our villages; I will go there, seek them out and support them.
In his welcome address, the Chairman/CEO, Dexterity Group, Dexter Femi Akin-Alamu, said that SATVIEW was dedicated to shaping the mind and thoughts of the people, informing that the network will bring quality contents to the people of the state and nation in general.
The launched of the digital broadcast channel was held at the SATVIEW Network headquarters, Ring Road, Ibadan.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.