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FG nets N1.8bn from digital switchover

By Emma Elebeke

Abuja—Even before full launch of digital broadcasting across the country, the Federal Government has netted N1.8 billion from three firms chosen to dis-tribute broadcast signals.

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed the figure at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, said that Nigeria’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, would also attract over $250 million from Nollywood to the national economy yearly.

The minister said Nigeria would do its best to ensure that the 2017 switchover deadline set for the country by the International Telecommu-nications Union, ITU, was met so as not to leave the country behind.

Mohammed said government was poised to use the platform to generate millions of jobs for Nigerians.


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