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NBC set to meet 2015 digitalisation target

17 April 2014, 15:02

Abuja - The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Wednesday promised to meet the 2015 set for the digitalisation of the nation's broadcasting industry from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission.

 Awwalu Salihu, Head, Public Affairs of the commission said  in Abuja that NBC was working hard for the realisation of the project.

" We are working very hard; and we are assuring Nigerians that we will meet the deadline given to the commission by the Federal Government, come 2015.This will avail the country of the opportunity to meet up with its counterparts in other parts of the world that are already digitalised,” he said.

He said that the commission had put everything in place to complete the project, adding that it had already started with a pilot project in Jos.

According to him, the commission has set up a task force committee consisting of all the broadcasting stations and their heads in Jos.

Members of the committee are heads of security operatives in the area, some members of the national digitalisation team and NBC officials.

He commended the committee for its efforts so far, saying that in spite of its large size, the committee had performed credibly well.

Salihu said that the committee had broken into sub-committees on information, technical and that they had all submitted their reports to the commission.

Salihu, however, said that the commission was facing “serious financial constraint in executing the project.”

He cited the Jos pilot project that had taken off successfully as a sign of the readiness of the commission to achieve the target in record time.

He said that by January 31, 2015, the commission would have switched over to digital terrestrial broadcasting all over the country.

He also expressed optimism that at the end of the project, Nigerians and the country as a whole, would have benefited a lot from it.

Salihu, however, called on Nigerians to support the Federal Government in its readiness to transform the nation’s broadcasting industry for better service delivery.


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