Nigeria records success in digital migration

Solomon Chung, Jos

Five weeks after the launching of the digital switch over of broadcasting from analogue to digital in Nigeria, the Federal Government has expressed satisfaction with the project so far.

This position was disclosed during the post mortem exercise of the digital switch over by the country’s Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in Jos, North Central Nigeria, where the Pilot scheme was launched.

 “We are here to report that the pilot scheme of the Digital Switch Over is a success story so far. We however acknowledged the fact that we need to work on some grey areas. We need to improve distribution, channel sharing, on-the-spot activation among others.

With what we have recorded in Jos with the pilot scheme, in just a matter of weeks, we can extend it to other parts of the state.”

He also appealed to State governors in the country to subsidize the price of the set up boxes to enable low income earners and the poor to purchase.

Responding, the Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong stated that the state government was indeed working towards subsidizing the set-up boxes to enable the citizens to acquire them with ease.

 “As a government, we are serious about the DSO, we’ll make sure whatever is needed to complete the success story is made available. I have directed the Commissioner of Information to start processing the modalities for subsidizing the set-up boxes for the ordinary citizens of the state,” Lalong said.

On his part, Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu said the commission was putting everything in place to see that the project succeeds according to international best practice.

 “We are putting every experience, every energy and everything possible to see that the Digital Switch Over succeeds.”

So far, 97,000 set-up-boxes have been issued free of charge for the pilot scheme with more awaiting collection.

It would be recalled that on the 30th of April, just a few weeks ago, the Federal Government launched the pilot scheme of the Digital migration in Jos city, North central Nigeria and intends to take it to other parts of Plateau state, followed by other cities and states across the county, all in bid to beat the June 2017 deadline.