•Fayemi greets Christians at Christmas•
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has given approval for the state’s broadcasting service to commence operation on January 1, 2019, following its re-opening by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The State owned broadcast station was ordered shut by the NBC on July 15, for various infractions including, unauthorised airing of results of the July 14, 2018 governorship election in the state.
The re-opening is sequel to the submission of report of the panel set up by the state government to look into the remote and immediate causes of the closure as well as Governor Fayemi’s intervention.
Following the Governor’s engagement with NBC leadership, the regulatory body agreed to an instalment payment of the fines slammed on the station.
Consequently, the Governor approved the January 1, 2019 commencement date, and directed that all arrangements for the re-opening be concluded within the next one week.
While appreciating NBC management under the leadership of Isha’q Modibbo Kawu for it understands, Governor Fayemi said government would put necessary structures in place to ensure that the BSES is run professionally.
Meanwhile, Mr Idowu Oguntuase, one of BSES’ most senior officials has been directed to be in charge as Acting General Manager pending the outcome of the White Paper on the Visitation panel report.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi has congratulated Christians in the state and the country in general for celebrating another Christmas, urging them to continue to live by example in matters relating to love, peace and progress.
Fayemi said Christmas is a season to demonstrate love for one another, through giving and peaceful coexistence, adding that such love and generosity and craving for peace should extend beyond the season.
The Governor in a Christmas message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, said it is only through a practical demonstration of love, peaceful co -existence with one another that Nigerians can unite and forge ahead in the crucial task of nation building.
Fayemi challenge the people to use the opportunity of the season to reflect on individual contribution to the peace and progress of their immediate community and the state in general.
While noting that being alive to witness another Christmas remains a privilege, which calls for celebration, he however advised that celebration should be done in moderation.
Fayemi said: “Christmas is the season of love, joy, generosity and forgiveness. While we celebrate with friends and family, we should also reflect on our individual contribution to the peace and progress of our immediate community and the larger society.
“That peaceful and prosperous state we all desire would be realised when we live in love and show consideration for others around us.
“We can achieve more if we stay united, extend hands of fellowship to one another and be law abiding.
“We must also rededicate ourselves to the virtues of faith in God, love for one another and make these virtues more evident and practical in our daily living.
The Governor described the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as the climax of God’s love for mankind. Therefore, he said Christians should imbibe the lesson of humility as demonstrated in the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger.
He admonished them to use the season to share love and lend a helping hand to others, most especially the less privileged.
Fayemi said his administration would continue to promote peaceful coexistence of adherents of all religions in the state and offer them conducive atmosphere to practise their faiths.