The planned migration from Analog to Digital broadcasting in Nigeria is still “very much on course”.
This was the submission of minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while speaking at a dinner organised by Radio, Television and Theater Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) in honor of newly appointed Chief Executive Officers of Federal Government owned media houses.
The Federal Government owned media houses are News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
The minister, who was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Emmanuel Agbegir, assured that Nigeria would meet the July 2017 deadline for the West African countries on Digital Switch Over (DSO); recalling that government in its effort to meet the deadline successfully launched the pilot scheme of DSO in Jos in April, adding that the Federal Government had licensed 13 Set-Top Boxes manufacturers.
Mohammed said that signal distributors had been licensed and a consortium of consultants engaged to ensure that all aspects of DSO were delivered successfully.
He however called on media practitioners to be more responsible in formulating their relationship with both government and the masses.
Speaking on behalf of other appointees,The Director-General of NBC, Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu, thanked the organisers of the dinner for celebrating them, promising to work together with relevant bodies.
“NBC would work with relevant stakeholders to ensure a successful switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting” he said.