Nigeria Police TV channel takes off November with 5,000 staff — CEO

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The proposed Nigeria Police Broadcasting Service will hit the airwaves nationwide beginning from November 28, its Chairman/CEO, Ediri Jerry Wesley has promised.

The TV will begin with a fund-raising ceremony at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Abuja, he commended the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for working to ensure the realisation of the project.

Mr. Wesley said, “The NPBS will focus on four areas of operations (TV, Radio, Online and Emergency Control Centre). The project which is a Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Police will help to curb insecurity by prompt respond to emergency situations.”

Unlike most broadcast organisations, the NPBS will not source for commercial adverts for sustainability, rather its survival will depend largely on sponsorship from corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians, Mr. Wesley said.

He said personnel for the channel would be trained by professionals from prominent broadcast organisations including the Cable News Network (CNN).

“About 5,000 young Nigerians will be engaged and trained by 50 expatriate (Professionals from CNN, BBC and other foreign media Organisations) for three years,” Mr. Wesley stated.

In order to reach all Nigerians irrespective of their educational background, transmission will also be done in both Pidgin English and other Nigerian Languages, he said.

He said, “The NPBS will focus on four areas of operations (TV, Radio, Online and Emergency Control Centre). The project which is a Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Police will help to curb insecurity by prompt respond to emergency situations.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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