The accounts department and several other sections of the Bayelsa State government-owned Broadcasting Corporation, Glory FM, was on Tuesday morning gutted by fire.
Some staff members who spoke with the Morning Mail expressed the belief that the inferno was ignited by a spark from the control room of the station.
Also badly razed are the live studio of the corporation, the recording studio and the control room.
Confidential documents electronics, furniture among others, were reduced to ashes..
A broadcaster with the station, who was on air at the time of the incident, Victor Binawari told Morning Mail:
“I was doing my breakfast show ‘Rise and Shine’ when the lights went off.
“I had felt that it was a minor technical issue that we could fix summarily. We had to put on our torches and went on with the programme because the monitor indicated that we were still on air.
“It did not take long before I heard rumbling in the ceiling as if rats were up there chasing themselves. While I was wondering what was happening, one of our interns ran into the studio to alert us that the station was on fire.
“It was at that point that I asked my guests to be calm and follow me out of the building, only for us to get outside the studio to see that the building was seriously on fire.”
The State Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, ruched to the scene. accompanied by all the top media aides to the Governor.
Addressing newsmen after the fire was brought under control, Iworiso-Markson, commended the courage and effort of fire fighters and sympathisers for putting out the fire.
He said: “We are grateful to God that no life was lost. As government, we are going to set up a committee to look into the root cause of the incident and report to the Governor for action. The state government would ensure that the station comes back on air as quick as possible.”
Markson who was accompanied by some members of the state media team said being one of the most formidable medium to disseminate information, the incident would affect the government and the people.
He however assured that everything will be done within the shortest time to ensure the station comes back on air and appealed for calm from the staff, loyal listeners and clients of the radio station.
“It’s an unfortunate situation and we feel sad about it. Nevertheless, we have to move on. We will do what we can to bring the station back on air. It’s a pride to the state and we can’t afford to allow the people to be so disconnected for too long.”
“I thank sincerely those who were here early enough to help the fire fighters to put out the fire and call on the staff not to be discouraged over this setback, we will surely get over it and be stronger and better.”