March 4 – The Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) will celebrate its 30th birth anniversary with a lecture to be delivered by Professor Pat Utomi. The anniversary lecture is one of the many activities planned by the ABS to commemorate its 30th anniversary, according to Mr Uche Nworah, its MD/CEO.
While the radio/TV station was founded in Enugu by the government of Chief Jim Nwobodo in the Second Republic, celebrations of its 30th anniversary will take place in Awka. Reason: the old Anambra State was split on August 27, 1991, between Enugu and new Anambra states.
A successor to the original ABS has been named Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) while the new Anambra State inherited the original name. Although ABS was started by the civilian administration of Nwobodo, it came via Edict No.6 of 1985 which was gazetted on March 14, 1985. ABS currently operates an FM station (88.5) and a TV station (Channel 27) in Awka, and an FM station (90.7) and a TV station (Channel 27) in Onitsha. Professor Utomi, founder of The Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) and co-founder of the Pan African University, will deliver the 30th anniversary lecture at the Women Development Centre, Awka. The theme of the lecture is “The Media, Politics and National Development”.
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