Delta Broadcasting Service Flooded And Submerged Despite Okowa's Multi-Billion-Naira Drainage Project


Despite Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's multi-billion-naira drainage in the state capital, the state-owned media house, Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, was recently submerged by flood following heavy downpour that lasted several hours. 
The flood, which also affected the popular Ibusa Road and other parts of the state capital, destroying properties, exposed the inadequacies of the State government’s ongoing multi-billion-naira flood control measures in Asaba.
It would be recalled that during the inspection of the multi-billion-naira drain system in Asaba, Okowa had stated that an additional N13billion was needed to complete the project.
The project, alleged to be a conduit pipe for looting from the state treasury, especially to pursue the Governor's second term ambition, has continually making life unbearable for residents whenever it rains in the state capital.
 Insider sources hinted that following the downpour, DBS, which is already in a state of deterioration for lack of funding, went off the air.
In another development, Kingley Esiso, Delta State Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), has raised alarm over the deteriorating condition of the state-owned media house, saying if the station is properly managed, it can compete favourably with private broadcast media outfits in the country. 
Esiso stated this while playing host to the executive of the DBS Warri chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by its Chairman, Sonia Unobunjo at his office in Asaba.
He expressed shock at the general outlook of the place when he visited for a programme recently.
He lamented that the station could not even boast of video cameras and editing facilities.
Speaking earlier, Unobunjo appealed to the PDP chairman to help convince the government to pick more interest in the station, and assist with video cameras, laptops and audiovisual editing facilities.
Meanwhile, for condemning the attitude and mild drama put up by the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, during recnt PDP rally in Ekiti, two senior DBS staff were abruptly cut off from air by the state Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah.
It was learnt that immediately the two senior staff made the remarks during the newspaper review on television, Ukah, who was apparently watching the station put a call across to the station and ordered that the two staff be immediately cut of from air.
As of the time of filing in this report, Ukah ignored all calls/sms put to his mobile phone.
--Saharareporters--

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