The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has pooh-poohed the story making the rounds that its management has been asked by the Senate Committee on Finance to step aside after a stakeholders’ interactive session involving NTA/Star Times management in Abuja.
The NTA stated that what was being misconstrued as NTA management was the NTA/Star Joint Venture which is a company limited by guaranty and, therefore, independent of itself.
Stating this in a public notice, Wednesday, NTA’s Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Mabel Moses, rather said, “this claim is wholly untrue and thrives only in the realm of malice and mischief,” stressing that it becomes pertinent to clarify the issue so as to avoid any ambiguity it may have caused in the public space.
She further stressed: “For the avoidance of doubts, NTA, as a corporate body and public broadcaster, is not under the radar of the Senate through its Committee on Finance. What is being looked at is NTA/Star Joint Venture – a limited liability cable television company formed in2009 and jointly owned by both NTA and Star Times. The company has its own management which is independent of, and entirely different from the management of the NTA. This management has appeared before the Committee on invitation, and presented documents as requested,” stressing that “the management of the NTA headed by Director-General, Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, in fact, has not been asked to step aside and is performing its day to day activities without let or hindrance.”