Residents of Yenogoa, the Bayelsa state capital were in pandemonium as the Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, Bayelsa glory FM 97.1 Fm was on fire.
The fire, which started on Tuesday morning at about 7:30 am on 2nd July, 2019, destroyed a critical section of the Bayelsa Radio station, located along Azikoro Road in the state capital.
A presenter who was on duty, Victor Binawari, told journalists in Yenagoa that the fire was ignited by a spark from the station’s control room in the early hour of the day.
Mr Binawari said some of the affected areas were – the account department, live and recording studio, control room and confidential documents, electronics, furniture among others.
The fire service team were called to rescue the situation. Several attempts to have the Fire Chief that led the team of fire fighters to comment on the incident proved abortive. As he said – “I am not authorized to speak.”
Confirming the incident, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Daniel Iworiso–Markson, said thankfully nobody was injured neither was any life lost in the fire accident.
He said the state government will look into the cause of the outbreak to avoid a recurring situation.
He also promised that his ministry will work out ways to ensure the swift operations of full broadcasting of the station to its audience.