By Emmanuel Elebeke & Favour Ulebor
Abuja — Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday announced that the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja would be switched over to digital broadcasting from analogue on Thursday.
Mohammed made the announcement during a tour of key facilities of Pinnacle Communication Limited, the signal distributor for the Abuja Digital Switch-Over, DSO.
He commended the speed, commitment and passion of Pinnacle to the project and promised that no stone would be left unturned to ensure smooth digital switch-over in Abuja on Thursday.
He added that about 30 free channels will be available for Abuja residents upon the switch over on Thursday, and that over 450,000 set-top boxes have been provided for the flag-off.
His words: “It’s a revolution in the broadcasting ecosystem as far as Nigeria is concerned because not only are we going to have better clarity and audio but the average resident of FCT who is in possession of our Set-Top Box will have 30 free channels from news, entertainment and music. This is going to open a new vista for content,” he said.
The minister assured that one million jobs will be created within three years of the digital transition, in the development of television content, technical services, software development, as well as the installation and repair of Set-Top Boxes for over 24 million TV households, among others.
The minister said that although the Digital Switch Over will not take place in one fell swoop across the country, the Federal Government’s commitment to meeting the 2017 deadline for the DSO remains unshaken.
He also reiterated government’s concern about customers’ satisfaction and said that was part of the reasons a Call Centre where subscribers can call to make inquiries or complaints for prompt response, was set up.
Recall that the pilot scheme of the DSO was launched in Jos, Plateau State, on 30 April 2016.