By: Aramata Jatta
Turkish Embassy Friday presented equipment worth over seven million dalasi to Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) ahead of the upcoming OIC Summit slated to run in the Gambia in 2019.
The magnanimous gesture which is the second of its kind made by Turkish Government was given out through TIKA.
The equipment included: PRO Cameras, laptops, black magic intensity shuttle for thunderbolt, black magic intensity for USB 3, black magic web presenter and black magic Atem television studio HD.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Minister of Information, Hon. Ebrima Sillah expressed happiness and gratitude to the donors while thanking the Turkish Ambassador in the Gambia, Ismail Sefay Uceer for his personal involvement. Adding that broadcasting is a dynamic sector and they are privilege to be in friendship with the Turkish embassy. “GRTS does not need all the heavy equipment to carry out live coverage if we do better services than the ones we have in the house,” Hon Sillah remarked. The Minister, on behalf of GRTS and the government of the Gambia thanked the Turkish Embassy for the kind gesture.
For his part, the Turkish ambassador to the Gambia, Ismail Sefay Uceer says this is the second handing over ceremony by TIKA, towards establishing a sophisticated studio for GRTS. “We are of the view that this equipment will strengthen the capacity of GRTS,” he said, adding: “brothers are meant to help each other to strength their relationship in the near feature and in different fields.” Mr. Ismail urged GRTS to make the most use of the equipment.
Mr. Abdou Touray, the Director General of GRTS, stressed that as the public broadcaster the gesture is a giant step for them in the area of enhanced coverage and reporting. “We will redouble our efforts to cover the length and breadth of the Gambia,” says DG Touray adding that they really appreciate it.