Buhari led FG Promises 1 Million Jobs for Nigerians
It also stated that over one million jobs are expected to be created as a result of the programme.
When the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, led the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture’s Ministerial Taskforce on Digital Switchover (DSO) on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lagos House, Marina, he revealed this.
Mr Mohammed explained that the decision to switch to digital television was made in response to an agreement reached on June 16, 2006 at the Regional Radio Communication Conference (RRC-06) in Geneva, Switzerland, to implement ‘all-digital’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television by June 17, 2015.
He claims that this would result in a more equal, just, and people-centered knowledge society, bridging the digital divide by connecting underserved populations and remote communities.
According to him, the proposed rollout in Lagos will be a watershed moment for the DSO and the creative industry, as it will create over one million jobs across the country.
”On April 30, 2016, we began the DSO rollout in Jos, Plateau State. Since then, we’ve expanded to four more provinces: Kwara, Kaduna, Enugu, and Osun, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, taking the total number of states and the FCT to five.
”We are now working to reach the remaining 31 states as quickly as possible. On April 29, 2021, we will begin the new rollout in Lagos State.
”Kano State will be followed by Rivers State on July 8, 2021, Yobe State on July 15, 2021, and Gombe State on August 12, 2021, with more states to come after that.
”Our decision to bring the DSO to commercial centres around the country is reflected in the launch in Lagos.
”With a population of over 20 million people and over five million expected TV households, the launch of FreeTV in Lagos State will be a watershed moment for the DSO and Nigeria’s broadcast and creative industries,” he said.
The minister went on to say that with the DSO’s FreeTV, Nigerians would be able to watch over 60 channels with great content at a lower cost and without having to subscribe to pay television.
Governor Sanwo-Olu was presented with a Set-Top-Box for the DSO, which he said would enable the government to obtain data from every household via television.
Mr Mohammed stated that this would make it easier to obtain television and radio licences, and that the Nigerian Broadcasting Code (NBC) had been revised to include provisions for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.
The minister said that six months after the DSO was implemented in Lagos, the NBC would request that television stations switch off their analogue broadcast facilities, freeing up more bandwidth for data and other telecommunication services.
He emphasised the importance of the DSO to the Lagos Smart City Project and the Lagos Broadband Initiative.
Mr Mohammed urged Mr Sanwo-Olu to direct the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) to provide at least three months of out-of-home advertising, lampposts, and other publicity support for the DSO launch.
FG Promises 1 Million Jobs for Nigerians through Digital Switch Over
”Lagos State, which is the creative industry’s epicentre, will account for a sizable portion of the one million jobs expected to be generated.
”Because FreeTV assists in the provision of Value Added Services, the collection of Television and Radio Licenses from residents will be aided by the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 LCDAs in Lagos State.
”The FreeTV network can be used to broadcast information on Lagos State events to all audiences using FreeTV’s push mechanism for information services.
”A significant benefit of the DSO is that viewers will not be charged a subscription fee. It is completely free viewing after they have purchased the Set-Top-Box and paid the once-a-year subscription fee, which is a token.
”Millions of Nigerians who are unable to afford the increasing subscription fees paid by PayTV platforms will now profit from digital television. This is what it means to “bridge the digital divide,” he explained.
Mr Sanwo-Olu responded that his administration would support the transition because it would increase job creation and content growth.
He added that the DSO would give the government the ability to use the content it generates to educate and engage citizens, as well as bring governance closer to the people.
The governor told the Ministerial Taskforce to make the FreeTV box and customer service easy to find.
”The transition from our existing analogue setup to digital is appropriate and speaks to the realities of what we have today.
”Technology is now a basic and vital deliverable of government everywhere in the world. Citizens will be able to access local, national, and international space as a result of this initiative.
”We are in partnership as a forward-thinking state, and we see it as bringing the future to our citizens, so we have no objections.
”Even as a state, we have been developing a metropolitan fibre optics network to provide fibre connectivity as one of the solutions for our citizens to have access to cheaper data.
“We would back the DSO. We would be of assistance. We want Lagos to continue to pave the way for the rest of the country. We will assist our employees in becoming familiar with modern and foreign best practises. We will be able to collaborate with you to ensure that we deliver on April 29 as a team,” he said.
# FG Promises 1 Million Jobs for Nigerians
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