Plateau State has switched over to digital television
With the commissioning of the “Set-up Top Boxes” and the “Digital Switch-Over” in Jos as the pilot, 600,000 set-up boxes are ready to be disbursed into the hinterland.
The minister of information and culture, Alh Lai Mohammed, has called on state government to partner with the Local Government for proper distribution of the set-up boxes so that, no one will be left out in the scheme of the sharing formula of the federal government plan.
He disclosed this after the digital switch-over in the new Government House Little Rayfield and also addressed a world press conference on Saturday in Jos.
Alh Mohammed advised those agencies involved to follow the criteria and ensure that only these quality set-up boxes with terrestrial clear signal systems are to be presented to the people.
The Minister urged the people, who enjoy watching TV to register with the NBC where the entire boxes are connected to internet facility.
According to him, three states are to benefit in the first stage, which Plateau is the pilot state, Port-Harcourt and Abuja would be the first cities to start enjoy the digital migration program.
Alh Lai Mohammed called on the manufacturers of switch-over digital boxes to continue to roll out additional 15 channels.
Conscience Triumph reports that those, who were opportune to get the free set-up boxes, are to enjoy the service free for six months before subscribing, and will have 15 channels running for now.
In 1963, the first country to receive colour television in Africa was Nigeria, and in Plateau State – the defunct Benue/Plateau state –is now the first to have a Digital Switch-over in the whole of Africa.
To those, who cannot get free set-up boxes can purchase them at the rate of one thousand five hundred naira (N1,500.00) only, and register with the NBC.
It would be recalled that this project started during the past government in the state, which was not able to complete it before its tenure ended. Meanwhile, the state government has said that it is proud to identify with the laudable project and is pleased with the choice to pioneer a digital switch-over television.
Governor Simon Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof Sonny Tyoden, thanked the federal government for rolling out to their television users free set-up boxes to enable them enjoy the benefit of being pioneers of digital transmission in the whole country.
According to him, “As pilot state, the success of this project in Nigeria will be measured from our citizens’ satisfaction with the advantages of the DOS to viewership.”