Digitization will create job opportunities in Nigeria – Bolarinwa

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Former Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Engineer Abayomi Bolarinwa says digitization which is the current trend in broadcasting both in Nigeria and the world over, will not translate to loss of jobs but rather create more job opportunities and avenues for broadcasters in the country.

Engineer Bolarinwa made this clarification in Ilorin the Kwara State capital during an interview with VON.

The broadcast engineer disclosed that the new broadcast technology would bring about greater competition and create more job opportunities for broadcasters while broadcast stations would have clearer signals.

He added that digitization would also give television viewers the opportunity to tune to more channels of their choice at no cost and with less strength.

Engineer Bolarinwa therefore stressed the need for Nigerian broadcasters to key into digital broadcasting which according to him, is a global phenomenon, but however, called for training and retraining seminars and workshop on the new technology.

He expressed concern that most broadcast stations and broadcasters have ignored training which he regretted had affected the programme contents of most broadcast stations and warned that with digitization, most television and Radio Stations with poor output might fold up due to lack of patronage by listeners and advertisers.

The former NBC Director General called on Nigerian broadcasters to be guided by the ethics of the profession and check the activities of those masquerading as professionals.

Engineer Bolarinwa also urged Nigerian Broadcasters to look into the issue of over-staffing in broadcast stations as a result of political patronage  which he said, had led to the inability of some  government owned broadcast stations and even some privately owned from paying the  salaries  of their staff as and when due.

The Former NBC boss appealed to broadcasters to keep faith with the ethics of their profession and allow honesty to always guide them in the discharge of their duties without fear or favour.

The broadcast Engineer described the appointment of Mallam Is’haq Moddibo Kawu as the new Director- General of NBC and the election   of John Momoh   as the Chairman of Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) as a good thing that has happened in the broadcast industry and expressed the hope that they would both use their experience to improve on the profession with broadcasting beginning to see the golden era while broadcasting in Nigeria would be better for it.