Nigeria brainstorms on 2017 digitisation deadline

Solomon Chung, Abuja

Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed says the June 2017 digitisation deadline is achievable and all stakeholders are working towards it.

He stated this at a workshop held in Abuja on Thursday, to fine tune the Digital Switchover strategy and also to learn and share lessons from the United Kingdom.

Mohammed said that all the achievements and challenges would be identified and worked upon, to achieve the set target.

“The June 2017 digitisation deadline is achievable and Nigeria is doing all it takes to achieve it. The passion put into the project is huge and it will be growing until the project gets to the desired point. We are all passionate to see that we hit the deadline as stipulated.

However, the lessons learnt at this workshop would go a long way in making stakeholders better informed and well equipped to handle the task,” he explained.

The Resource Person, Alex Pumfrey said the aim of the workshop was to share the vast experience which she acquired on Digital Switchover from the UK and around the world.

She said even though she does not have the experience from a 3rd world country’s digitisation project, she believed the lessons learnt and shared at the workshop would go a long way.

Nigeria on Course
“We shared my experience from the UK and other countries. Nigeria is on course from what I have seen. I can see and feel the commitment and zeal from all the stakeholders in the hall today.

Even though the experience is coming from different climes, it would be a beautiful idea sharing. All that is required is getting the key, basic lessons and apply them.

Also trust building, collaboration and deep commitment can take the country to meet the set deadline,” Pumfrey stated.

Nigeria had launched the Pilot scheme of the Digital Switchover in April 2016 in Jos, North Central Nigeria and followed up with a post mortem that was adjudged satisfactory.