The news has been announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. As mentioned by The Guardian, the Minister declared that Set Top Boxes (STBs), the information device that allows the conversion of signals to digital display, will be as from now on, produced locally. Lai also restated that the time limit for the complete transition will be in June next year.
“Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we will not allow anybody to import STBs. What we used to drive the pilot scheme in Jos would be the last set that would be imported. After that, they are going to start manufacturing locally. Many of them are already meeting with their AOM in China and other places to set up manufacturing lines. And there are even many who had not been licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), who are already manufacturing, so, what needs to be done is to look at their boxes whether they meet our requirements and they would be licensed. We are quite confident that in two months’ time, many of them will resume full manufacturing”, as per the words of Alhaji Lai, quoted from The Guardian.
On the other hand, Simon Lalong, the governor said: “On our part, we are taking this seriously and we have advised the Commissioner for Information to also start processing for the advantage of the citizenry here on the Plateau because even if they cannot afford (to acquire the boxes), we are preparing to subsidize for them”.