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VIDEO: Inside Two-Camera LTV Where News Can’t Be Cast Once It’s Night

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These are hard times at Lagos Television (LTV), UHF 35, the Lagos State government-owned broadcast station, as staff morale is low due to a continuing deterioration of facilities, FIJ can report.

Once a television station that harboured the hopes of competing with its private counterparts, or at least staying not too far away from them, things have now gone so bad that some of the station’s long-serving staff are wondering if this is indeed the end of the road for their careers.

FIJ’s findings show that a number of the station’s equipment have suffered from wear and need to be replaced for effective operations.

In the past year, the station’s terrestrial broadcast suffered repeated loss of viewers, as it is often off air due to a lack of electricity and diesel to power its generators.

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On Saturday, for example, a combination of power outage and a lack of diesel meant the station went off air from about 8pm until Sunday.

“Our 8 pm news failed on Saturday. We were off air because we did not have diesel,” one staff member who asked not to be named told FIJ.

“Our Outside Broadcasting (OB) van is mere decoration; it is not working. Our terrestrial platform is our strength for generating income, but it has been dead for over one year.”

FIJ understands that the last time LTV got operational vehicles was during the governorship tenure of Akinwunmi Ambode, which ended in 2019.

N50MILLION TO BUY TWO CAMERAS, FEW FURNITURE

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Darkness inside LTV just on Saturday. The station went off air as a result.
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Staff of the television station were happy in 2021 when the government of Babajide Sanwo-Olu showed interest in giving the place a facelift. However, the state government bizarrely spent N50 million on the purchase of only two cameras and a few furniture items.

“We are still using the teleprompter bought by Lateef Jakande [Governor of Lagos from 1979 to 1983],” one staffer said. “That is the only one we have.”

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“The lack of diesel has negatively affected the terrestrial service for longer than I can remember,” the conerned staff member continued.

“It has been off for God-knows-when. I can’t even say how long, and the problem is diesel.

“Most of our viewers are terrestrial. If you go to Badagry, go to Ikorodu, Epe, everybody there is on terrestrial. We should be on terrestrial.

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“We lose money, we lose viewers; our subscribers are on terrestrial, but they don’t get to see us. Our OB van has cameras, but the cameras have no lens. They have not been used for one day.”

STAFF UNION, MANAGEMENT’S RELATIONSHIP STRAINED

On March 4, 2022, The Radio Television Theatre & Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) wrote a letter to Olusina Thorpe, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Lagos State, accusing him of declaring a war against their members.

They said they had twice sought audience with Siju Alabi, General Manager of LTV, but she ignord them on two occasions; meanwhile Thorpe, whose audience they simultaneously sought, invited them each time.

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“In pursuit of industrial peace, we wrote to the General Manager on the 16th of February 2022, and highlighted all the concerned issues,” read a part of the letter sighted by FIJ.

“The General Manager disregarded the letter, [but] the permanent secretary invited us on the 25th of February 2022 for family discussion.

“To our dismay today, 4th March, 2022, before the commencement of the meeting, you [the PS] dispersed the meeting, which is synonymous to declaring a war against the entire members of the two in-house unions (NUJ and RATTAWU).”

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FIJ learnt that during a meeting between the NUJ, RATTAWU and Thorpe later in March, a resolution to repair the relationship between workers and Alabi was reached.

“The Director, Service Matters/PSO, informed the management that approval for bailout would be granted and phased out, but the management needed to deduct and remit immediately in order to avoid debts,” the resolution read in part.

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“She further advised the general manager to always run an open-door policy with the union members. Likewise, the union members show respect to the general manager and desist from badgering with her.”

Siju Alabi

FIJ understands that one reason for the strained relationship with Alabi was that she was hiring contract staff with discriminatory pay packages, and incurring heavy financial cost.

Among the resolutions was a decision for the state government to help fund diesel purchase for the station. The NUJ and RATTAWU then demanded 12 items, including vehicles/operational tools, pension arrears, health insurance scheme, maintenance of vehicles/mechanic and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

They also demanded new operational vehicles (barter), monthly deduction to reduce pension arrears, freelance, terrestrial TV (Ikorodu), attention of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to LTV, National Housing Funds, and contents and programmes.

A CALL FOR HELP

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“Please save the future of past and serving members of staff of LTV,” another staff member told FIJ.

“Please help us. Lagos is richer than Ogun State. Go and check OGTV; compare them to LTV. OGTV is directly under the Governor’s office; putting LTV under the ministry of information is killing the station because they reason like ‘ministry people’ to the detriment of broadcasters.”

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When FIJ asked this particular employee about the recent renovation, this was the response: “The renovation, though shoddy in some aspects, was a big relief. However, state-of-the-art equipment and staff motivation remain an issue.

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“The schedule of a media house is complex, with round-the-clock transmission. But LTV lacks basic amenities to compete favorably with its competitors, which means staff are practically required to perform magic. There is the basic problem of lack of a staff bus, resulting in staff being left to their fate when closing at odd hours.

“The monthly subvention of N1million from the state government is shocking; the staff wage is about N35million monthly. Perhaps the government picking the wage bill might unshackle the station from its fetters.

“Experience has proven that LTV staff possess the wherewithal to compete with their peers in other stations, and do so much more, but technology drives broadcasting in the 21st century.”

GO TO LTV NOW, IT’S BETTER’ — AKOSILE, THORPE

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When FIJ contacted Thorpe for comments on the situation of the station, he said the station was back on air and in better shape “than the news that was being spread”.

He also advised the FIJ reporter “to visit LTV and see things for himself”.

He however declined further comments on the contents of the resolution with the unions.

Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu’s chief press secretary, told FIJ the governor had made significant contributions to the station, and the terrestrial TV was working fine.

On the strained relationship between the unions and Alabi, he said, “Not everybody will like the way you lead.”

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Akosile also denied the claims of the station’s members of staff and said LTV was better than before.

FIJ made several phone calls to both Siju Alabi and Gbenga Omotosho, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, but they were not answered. They had also not responded to text messages sent to them at press time.

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Celebrating Celestial Church of Christ at 75 …Let’s go within

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The Divine Order for the establishment of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide, was given to His Eminence, Saint Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa of blessed memory on Friday, 29th September, 1947, in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin. And today, Thursday, 29th September, 2022, it is exactly 75 years since that once-in-a-lifetime event occurred.

Today also, the journey that began 75 years ago in very humble, unusual and mysterious circumstances in the forest of Agangue, has metamorphosed into the existence of a religious body that is unarguably the largest white garment church that the world can presently boast of.

The Celestial Church of Christ came with a vision to cleanse the world through the proclamation of the Good News of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The church was also raised to proclaim deliverance to those bound by the Shackles of Satan and bring healing to the brokenhearted, the sick and also restore hope to the hopeless.

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His Eminence, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, Supreme Head, CCC Worldwide

In his good will message to the church at 75, from his New York base, where he is currently rounding off his pastoral working tour of the United States America, His Eminence, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, Pastor and Supreme Head of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide says:

“As Celestians, all over the world, celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of our great church, it is important that we go within our individual selves and attempt to find answers to a number of pertinent questions, the most important of which are: ‘How well have you built on the outstanding legacies of the founding fathers of the church? Are you a scatterer or a gatherer? If the last trumpet sounds this moment, would you be found worthy of a place in eternity on the right side of the Most High God?’ Yes, it’s truly a time for celebration but it’s also a time for very sober reflection,” His Eminence concluded.

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CASON Confab proffers solutions to church killings, kidnaps, others

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Faced with the fact that over 6,000 Christians were bombed, beheaded or shot dead between January 2021 and March this year in Nigeria, and about 2,500 were kidnapped for ransom, the Church Administrators Society of Nigeria (CASON) hosted speakers to proffer solutions at its 9th annual conference tagged “The Church and the Challenge of Insecurity” in Lagos, this week.

Speaking at the confab, security expert and chief executive of Halogen Group, Mr. Wale Olaoye identified complacency and distraction as primary reasons why the unchurched and the un-discipled have foisted mayhem on Christians and the rest of the world.

He said, “Church leaders in Nigeria have become complacent. Rather than disciple the nations, they are busy acquiring wealth and building monuments, while their teeming followers idolize them. The truth is that the mark of great churches is not in their seating capacity, but in their sending capacity.

“Back in the day, Christians were eager to travel from the south to the core north on missions to win souls for Christ. But churches have stopped sending and funding missionaries. The alarming result of this is that out of 7.92 billion people in the world, Christians are just 2.26 billion. Amongst the unchurched, 5.27 billion are ISIS, ISWAB, Boko Haram and other terrorists who want to foist their extreme ideologies upon the world through violent bombings, killings, kidnappings, etc,” Olaoye explained.

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According to the CASON Vice President, Pastor Steve Akoni, church administrators and pastors must rethink the new normal “because we are faced with new realities. We invite people to come and worship the Lord in our churches, therefore we are obliged to do all that we can to keep them safe. Technology has made security easy, so let’s install CCTV cameras, train our ushers and gatemen to become security conscious, and raise the security awareness of our congregation.”

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Also speaking at the confab via a recorded video, Dr. Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, advised that church leaders must engage in scenario planning and prepare for all eventualities. He emphasised that such pro-activeness is faith-based and God-inspired because, “We need a combination of humanity and divinity to have security.”

Responding to questions, the CASON President and chief host of the confab, Pastor Seyi Oladimeji said, “The insecurity challenge dictates that every church leader today must create a secure but friendly worship facility and environment. We must leverage on both physical and virtual security structures, just as the bible instructs us to put on all of God’s armour so that we would all be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan.”

In the heat of insecurity and ahead of the 2023 elections, all the speakers at the 2022 CASON Conference agreed that while all Christians in Nigeria must demand good governance and vote only for politicians with proven integrity, church leaders must look within and begin to do much more to erase ostentatious living, prevent stealing, fraud and fake lifestyles among their numbers.

In addition to this, churches in Nigeria are also encouraged to return to funding missionaries to reach and win the unchurched in order to breakdown the rage against Christianity.

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According to Olaoye, the main speaker, church leaders must be able to predict dangers, prevent them, protect their congregation and respond accordingly to all threats. “In addition to this, churches should begin to do proper risk assessment, background checks on key persons, invest in facility security systems, establish access control, emergency and lockdown procedures, etc. They must also invest in insurance and cybersecurity.”

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Pastor Wole Oladiyun, author, engineer, serial entrepreneur and Senior Pastor, Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) rounded off the conference with a fervent prayer session, while commending CASON for taking the initiative to train administrators for the Church in Nigeria, even in its ongoing collaboration with Babcock University.

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Burial programme for late AMSE Akingbulugbe announced

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The Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide and the entire Akingbulugbe Family at home and in diaspora announce the dates for the burial program of the late Shepherd in Charge of the Celestial Church of Christ, Olowu Cathedral, Lagos IslandAssistant Most Superior Evangelist Gbekeleoluwa Gabriel Akingbulugbe (JP, M.P.I.C.), who joined the saints triumphant on Sunday, 4th September, 2022.

BURIAL OUTLINE:

Monday, 10th October, 2022: Prophets/Prophetesses Prayer Night, 10.00 pm till dawn @ Celestial Church of Christ, Olowu Cathedral, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Tuesday, 11th October, 2022: Night of Praise @ Celestial Church of Christ, Holy Mary Cathedral, Alaba Oro, LagosTime: 4.00 pm.

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Wednesday, 12th October, 2022: Service of Songs @ Bell Events Centre, Opposite Island Maternity, Lagos. Time: 4.00 pm.

Thursday, 13th October, 2022: Body leaves for his home town, Ode Aye/, Ondo State at 7.00 am./ Wake Keep at his home town, Ode Aye, Ondo State @ 4.00 pm./ Music: 10.00 pm till dawn.

Friday, 14th October, 2022: Interment at 10.00 amOde Aye, Ondo State.

Sunday, 16th October, 2022: Thanksgiving Service @ Celestial Church of Christ, Olowu CathedralTime: 10.00 am.

May his soul find eternal peace. Amen.

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