Another feat ahead of nationwide Digital Switch Over (DSO), will tomorrow, Wednesday in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, come alive as the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), switch Kwara States from Analogue transmission to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmission.
The same event will also on Friday, December 22, 2017 take place in Kaduna, the Kaduna State capital.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs, Mrs. Maimuna Jimada, the Commission revealed that the Ilorin switch-on is scheduled to take place at the premises of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 9, Fate Road, Ilorin, while that of Kaduna, Kaduna State on Friday December 22, 2017, is scheduled to take place at the premises of the Pinnacle Broadcast Ltd, No 7, Rabah Road, GRA, Kaduna.
The Switch-on of the two locations (Kwara State with ITS Ltd as signal distributor and KadunaState with Pinnacle Broadcasts Ltd as signal distributor), is in compliance with the Commission’s phased Digital Switch On timetable, tailored towards achieving the one – state – per – geo-political Zone in Nigeria, agreed upon by Stakeholders in the Broadcasting Industry, to gradually achieve Digital Terrestrial Television services coverage all over Nigeria.
The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu had on Monday, assured Nigerians that the switch-on will provide a mixture of Local, Regional and National television channels on the FreeTV bouquet. He explained further that the choice of one state from each geo-political zone for the phased timetable of the switchover was deliberate in order to sustain the momentum.
Mallam Kawu noted further that “Our goal is to enable the evolution of a digital television ecosystem that not only transforms television and broadcasting in general but also help bridge the digital divide, create jobs and grow our national economy”.
While thanking the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for their support so far, Kawu also thanks all stakeholders for their support in this arduous journey, and appeals for cooperation from all DSO stakeholders and Nigerians as the NBC does all within its means to successfully take Nigerian broadcasting onto the digital ecosystem.