The Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) says 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 to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Acccording to him, the setting up of the station will promote integration in the sub-region and help project the identity of its people.
He said setting up a television channel is expensive. “There was a pre-feasibility study, but the project is at its initial phase and we are going to run a feasibility study which will give us real estimate of how much this will cost.” He added.
The commissioner said that the project would provide adequate information about ECOWAS, its visions, projects, programmes, successes and challenges.
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.
Barreto da Rosa further said that the commission would collaborate with local media outfits and the private sector to bring the project to realisation.
He added that the collaboration will cut across the multilingual composition of the sub-region.
The commissioner also stated that the commission will cooperate with the different partners as the project unwraps.
The most suitable location for the radio/television channel will be determined by the ECOWAS Heads of States and Government. He said.