The Gambian President, His Excellency Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, has lauded a US$9.5 million project that saw the national broadcasting services, the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), go on satellite. The ceremony was held at GRTS’ head office in Kanifing.
In a statement read on behalf of President Jammeh, Haja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, Vice President and Secretary of State for Women’s Affairs, described it as an important milestone project in the journey to develop The Gambia.
“The digitalization of GRTS and the introduction of satellite broadcasting has always been my personal ambition which has finally come to fruition today. My passion in this project lies not only in the immeasurable and diverse opportunities it provides to The Gambia in its drive to be reckoned with among the comity of nations, but also in the opportunities it provides for Gambians in the Diaspora and non-Gambians alike to get direct access to accurate information on The Gambia,” President Jammeh noted.
For many people, he went on, such projects are considered ideal and possible only for the rich and more powerful economies. Bigger and more robust economies have not been able to achieve digitalization even though their national TVs have been in existence longer than GRTS which came into being in December 1995.”
President Jammeh spoke at length on the potentials of satellite broadcasting and the opportunities it would offer The Gambia. He further observed that the signals from the satellite that would be received throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and most parts of the Americas, will place The Gambia on the international super-highway for enhanced news and information broadcasting.
“For GRTS, the sky will continue to be the limit. The next phase of the project which is currently ongoing will complete the switch-over process from the current analogue to the new and advanced digitalized broadcasting technology and expanding this to the terrestrial transmission network,” Professor Jammeh revealed.
(Source: The Patrotic Vanguard, Sierra Leone)
* GRTS is on the global beam of Intelsat 901 at 18 degrees West, transponder 87, 4140 MHz L.