The minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, promised to make the Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation (UBC) the best media house in the country.
Speaking during Wednesday’s plenary, Tumwebaze said that regardless of the challenges that have been surrounding around the National Broadcaster, he is optimistic that all this is going to be history once adequate funds are allocated.
Tumwebaze revealed that UBC has three main problems citing that It was meant to survive on TV fund which never materialized.
“UBC was initially poorly managed and the wage bill was poorly planned but I I want to state that UBC has the best equipment but only in the studios, with the money you have given us we will improve equipment, the challenge is that we have debts to pay,” Tumwebaze said.
Relatedly, the Kibale lawmaker added that the ICT sector doesn’t currently have adequate revenue, it relies heavily on revenue from private Telecommunication Companies
Minister Tumwebaze said that in the same plea, government is conditioning Telecommunication companies that the minimum they can offer our rural areas is 3G and 4G for urban areas citing that this can be achieved through regulatory process which is ongoing.
“NITA-U has been procuring data for government bodies, there is a cabinet proposal for UTL to offer data at a cheaper price.” Tumwebaze.