THE Autonomous Bougainville Government is making headway in developing the media in the region to allow people more access to information.
This has seen the upgrade of the NBC Bougainville facilities after the ABG committed K5 million to improve the technology and coverage of the radio station.
Opening the studio, ABG President John Momis said this included new broadcast equipment, studio renovation and a new fully digital 10 kilowatt shortwave transmitter.
“People can listen by tuning in to 3.325 kilohertz on NBC Bougainville,” Dr Momis said. “The shortwave signal covers all parts of Bougainville and can be heard in Hawaii, Europe, Australia and the Pacific.
“Since June we have conducted 10 live talk back shows to stimulate public interest and create awareness off the referendum and development in Bougainville.
“We now intend to embark on an awareness campaign working closely with members of parliament, community governments, village assemblies, women, youth and churches.”
Momis added that another important initiative was the ABG’s newspaper, Bougainville Bulletin, which has distributed more than 150,000 copies since last year.
He also revealed that the ABG has started developing resource material to support awareness of the Bougainville Peace Agreement and especially the referendum on independence.
The United Nations Development Program supported the government in procuring the equipment.