The Ilorin Area Office of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), was gutted by fire late Tuesday night, July 21.
The cause of the fire which affected the facility’s Administrative block, Marketing Department, News, and Current Affairs Department as well the Programmes’ Department is yet to be uncovered.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was among the first responders said the entire facility would have been destroyed but for the timely intervention of the Federal and the State fire services.
A statement released by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, read;
“We commiserate with the NTA over this unfortunate incident. But the bright side is that no life was lost. Also, the quick intervention of the fire services helped to save not just the facilities but the adjoining estate which could have been affected.
“This incident again underscores the need for everyone to do more to prevent such in the future. We commend the alertness of those who quickly called the fire services and our firemen for their prompt response and professionalism. We will continue to do more to support not just the fire service but also all other emergency responders.
“Everybody must be more alert. Our fire service will continue to be proactive by not only putting out the fire but also educating the people. However, we urge citizens to also take a serious interest in how to curtail fire incidents which are becoming rampant.
“As an administration, we will also be willing to offer whatever support we can within the confines allowed under the ethics of the trade (journalism).”