DIGITAL MIGRATION – Against all odds, the Federal Government is poised to keep up with the rest of the world in digital broadcasting and technology development.
Hence it has directed all its relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to key into the process to enable Nigeria beat the deadline given by the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, that all countries should migrate on or before June 2017.
According to Vanguard, over N34 billion had been earmarked for the programme to procure digital spectrum necessary for the migration policy. Thus, some set-up boxes had been under experiment in Jos, Plateau State, since April 2016, as part of its pilot scheme towards the digitalisation process.
Statements by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to State House correspondents after the FEC meeting informed that the main highlight of the council meeting was the swearing in of the four special advisers and permanent secretary for foreign affairs, and updates on the process of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Mohammed explained that despite the difficulties facing Nigeria and the people, the country must not be isolated from upgrading with the rest of the world.
“20 years ago, Ethiopia had a famine that ravaged the whole country, they have risen from the ashes of that famine to become one of the strongest economies of the world.
“The fact that we are facing temporary problems does not mean that we are not going to be at pace with technology development all over the world. This is a global issue. It simply means that if we do not move from analogue to digital broadcasting, we may not be able to even receive signals on your television.”
The Minister also said government would assist to subsidize in getting the boxes. He pointed out the job creation that digital migration will bring to Nigerians and the many opportunities it would proffer to many youths who are talented enough to provide content to television stations.