Abuja – The Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) has said that its sub-regional radio and television channels will come on stream in 2017
Dr Isaias Barreto da Rosa, the ECOWAS Commissioner in charge of Telecommunication and Information Technologies, made this known in an interview on Tuesday.
Acccording to him, the setting up of the station will promote integration in the sub-region and help project the identity of its people.
“Back in year 2000, the Heads of State of our 50 member states decided on the establishment of a radio and television channel for the community.
“The idea behind this is to promote the West African identity.We have free movement of goods and people, a common passport for the entire sub-region. We are about to launch a biometric ID card that would allow people to move and settle in any ECOWAS member state without resident permit.”
“We have been making tremendous progress as far as regional integration is concerned. Setting up a television channel is a very expensive project. There was a prefeasibility study, but we are at the initial phase of this project and we are going to run a feasibility study which will give us real estimate of how much this will cost.”
He explained that the existence of the radio/ television channel would help in enlightening the people and enhancing their participation in the realisation of the vision and objectives of the sub-region.