The Community Campus radio station of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA) popularly referred to as Search FM 92.3 was gutted by a midnight inferno on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 destroying equipment and properties worth over N50 million.
The fire outbreak which occurred around 12:00 am as a result of electric spark gutted the whole studio and other offices of the station.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor, Musbau Adewumi Akanji, FNSBMB, visited the studio premises with other Management team for on the spot assessment of the incident. Prof. Akanji said thorough investigation would be carried out in order to unravel the cause of the fire outbreak and to forestall future occurrence of such incident within the University environment.
The Vice-Chancellor also debunked insinuations from several quarters that the fire outbreak maybe connected to sabotage.
In a related development, the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Akanji met with the Search FM crew at the Senate Chambers to commiserate with them over the fire incident that gutted the station while assuring them of Management’s support towards getting the station back on air as soon as possible.
Prof. Akanji informed the station crew that a technical committee has been constituted to ascertain the immediate and remote cause of the inferno.
He also directed the DVC (Academic), Prof. Osunde to assist a staff of the station who lost his mobile phone during the inferno to get a new phone for him. Search FM crew thanked Management for their swift reaction and support after the fire incident.
Search FM 92.3 started official transmission on August, 2010 and recently emerged as the 2012 best campus radio station in Nigeria.
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