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Akwa Ibom confident of meeting digital deadline

06 November 2013, 14:41Henry Ifeanyi

Uyo - The Akwa Ibom State, which is confident of meeting the 2015 deadline to switch to digital broadcasting, urged the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to intensify campaigns aimed at ensuring broadcasters complied with the switchover.

State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Aniekan Umanah, said the broadcasting commission to rise up to the challenges of the digital era and ensure proper regulation of the electronic media ahead of the deadline.

“Digital Broadcasting is a global phenomenon, which will bring many benefits including pictures, sound quality and more channels for viewers and listeners. This development, which is endorsed by the International Telecommunications Union possess a great challenge to the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and the need for them to educate the public on the implications of the switch over,” he said during a workshop in Uyo.NBC organised the event.

The Director General of the NBC, Emeka Mba said the training was to create understanding on the role of the new skills required in broadcasting.

Meanwhile, Umanah expressed confidence the state would meet the International Telecommunications Union deadline to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.

He said the state had acquired digital compliance equipment for the Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation radio and television for a smooth takeoff.  

He hailed the choice of Akwa Ibom for the NBC workshop, which he attributed to the serene environment, security network and the transformation of the state.

 – CAJ News


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