The West New Britain Provincial Government and Talasea District Development Authority, presented a cheque of K427, 900 to the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for the Medium Wave Radio Transmission in the province.
The presentation was done on Friday 19 February 2021 at the NBC Headquarters in Port Moresby.
“Radio NBC plays a very vital role as the only source of information for many remote people at our province especially those people living in islands like Balivitu and Gloucester,” Member for West New Britain provincial, Sasindran Muthuvel said.
“Since 2012, WNB has never missed out on their budget to support NBC as this is an investment to making sure NBC is active in the province as it is one of the trusted news and information station.”
Mr Muthuvel said as leaders it was their responsibility to support NBC, and strengthen them in all respective provinces in order for them to continue to provide service to the majority of people living in rural areas via radio.
Governor of West New Britain and Member for Talasea, Honorable Francis Maneke said NBC was one of the priorities on the list all the time.
“We are reviving communication back in the province especially with our radio facility as we want our radio station to be the model.”
Meanwhile, Minister for Information, Communications and Technology Honorable Timothy Masiu said he always wanted NBC and Provincial Governments to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to work in partnership to share content on a 60/40% basis, thus giving a stronger voice for the provincial governments and the people, and West New Britain was the first to take up the challenge.
“All NBC Provincial Stations are strategically situated where the people and the Provincial governments and administrations are.
“The NBC Provincial stations can therefore be used to actively promote and highlight the development policies and initiatives of our respective Provincial Governments”
“This will also result in provincial administrations saving time and funds for regular duty travel to the districts and wards for extension work.”
Mr Masiu said West New Britain Provincial Government was the first ‘ to come good’ with its commitment for the procurement and installation of a Medium Wave Transmitter which will enable broadcast of the local station throughout the Province.
“Leaders from East New Britain, Morobe, Central and New Ireland have expressed their willingness to enter into these MoUs.
“I encourage and challenge you to follow the lead of the WNB Provincial Government and quickly agree on the content of your respective MoUs with the NBC and have them signed as soon as possible”.
Minister Masiu is encouraging provincial governments to finalize and sign the Memorandum of Understanding before the 2022 General Elections.
The Minister also presented computers and cameras to NBC West New Britain and NBC Central.