Despite inaugurating its new shortwave station this week, the Voice of Nigeria (VON) does not plan to close its existing station at Ikorodu. In fact, Director-General Abubakar Jijiwa is hoping for ‘presidential intervention’ for VON’s expansion projects. These include the construction of two additional transmitters and antenna systems at the new station in Abuja in line with global best practices and standards; construction of VON Abuja Broadcasting House and the rehabilitation and upgrading of the ageing Ikorodu transmission station.
Mr Jijiwa expressed optimism that the second phase of the project at Abuja would enable VON to embark on 24-hour broadcasting, when completed. “The second phase of this project needs be commenced urgently. It will comprise two additional super power transmitters and one fixed and one rotatable antenna. When this is done and completed, VON will have the capacity for 24-hour broadcast and we can move this from our existing 18-hour broadcast and this will be the hallmark of simultaneous broadcasting which every external broadcaster hopes to achieve.”