… offers 200,000 free Set-Top boxes
By Emmanuel Elebeke
Following the successful switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting on Saturday, Federal Government says it is targeting 30 million television viewers across the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while switching on the transition process at Government House, Jos, the Plateau State capital.
He said that the 30 million target of TV viewers in Nigeria will make Nigeria the biggest Free TV market in the world.
As part of the plans to ensure hitch-free transition, the federal government is already giving out 200,000 boxes for the pilot phase free of charge.
In the same vein, Alh. Mohammed said about 450 Plateau youths have been engaged into the scheme by federal government to assist in the distribution of the Set-Up boxes, awareness creation and to assist viewers with additional value services.
In addition, the Plateau State Government promised to buy 300,000 boxes for its citizens.
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced the reduction of price of the boxes from the official N10,000 to N1,500 in order to get it across to all Nigerians.
The Minister called on the local and state governments to assist federal government in buying the boxes – which the federal government subsidized – for their citizens.
In his speech, the Plateau State Governor, represented by the Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden said that the occasion marked yet another milestone in the history of television broadcasting in Nigeria.
While commending federal government and stakeholders in the process, the Deputy Governor urged Nigerians to key into the digital transition by obtaining the Set-Top boxes at the reduced prices.