Abuja - The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Wednesday called on interested companies to bid for the licence of broadcasting signal distribution in the country.
Awwalu Salihu, Head, Public Affairs of the commission, made the call in an interview.
"The commission is very pleased about the announcement that it made, calling for pre-qualification for companies to bid for the broadcasting signal distributing licence.As a matter of fact, we have received 15 different companies which have shown interest to bid for the distribution of signal broadcasting licences,” he said.
The Presidential Advisory Committee, set up by the president to advise him on the issue of digitisation, made certain recommendations in its report to the government.
He said that among the recommendations the Federal Government approved was the appointment of three signal distributors that would have a role to play during the digitisation of terrestrial broadcasting in Nigeria.
According to him, the Federal Government had also approved that the current National Carrier, NTA, would be split into two, comprising the hard (technical) and software sections.
Salihu said that the technical section would now be formed into an independent company which would become one of the signal distributors.
He said that the two other sections would now be divided into three by the commission for the environment to handle.
The spokesman said that the commission would also set up another signal distributor to bring the second signal distributor on stream.
Salihu said that the NBC would further announce another round of bidding for the digitisation team.
He explained that the digitisation team was a body set up by the government to midwife the digitisation process with the commission.
The commission is now saddled with the responsibility to advertise for people who are interested to bid for pre-qualification, opened on April 8.
Salihu said that those who qualified would bid for the signal distributorship licence at the end of the exercise.
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