Digital Switch Over: NBC Says Kaduna Ready For Take-Off
The Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has said that all is now set for the launching of the Kaduna “digital switch-over” from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Director-General of the commission, Ishaq Modibbo, stated this, while inspecting facilities by the signal distributor ahead of the switch-over in Kaduna on Monday.
According to him, the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in Nigeria has enhanced quality broadcasting in the nation, noting that even though it is expensive process, it represents one of the best options in the sector.
He added that, “There are areas in Kaduna that we have to do signal assessment and then take a decision about how to fill the gaps. But the challenge and most important thing is that we need to reach the people of Kaduna State.
“As a matter of fact, you know, Nigerians are very intrepid in business sense. A couple of weeks ago, we discovered that some people are bringing boxes from Abuja to Kaduna in anticipation of the fact that we are coming to establish signal. We told the people that we will let them know when the boxes are going to be activated; but those buying the boxes discovered that there was no signal in the city, and that gives us problem because we need to establish signal here before the boxes could be working.”
Modibbo further added that NBC is planning to install the digital system in Gombe, Kwara, Osun, Enugu and Delta States in addition to the ones on ground, and getting the local channels into the system for the process to be completed.
While commending the federal government in its effort in ensuring that digital broadcasting is all over the country, chairman of Liberty Radio and Television said it is a welcome idea, and called on all to embrace it.
Nigeria had flagged the digital migration on April 30, 2016, in Jos, kick-starting the phase-by-phase roll-over process in the country.