Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigerian Information and Culture Minister, said that the digital switch over of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for the whole country would soon be ready. He added the switch over would be done in phases due to the huge capital outlay of the project.
The minister, who was accompanied by the Chairman, Digital Switch Over and Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Eddy Amanan and Moddibo Kawu said, “For the whole country to be connected we are going to do this thing in phases.”
He added: “The project requires huge capital and Nigeria is just coming out of recession. So the government has to prioritise its programmes. So national digital switch-over will come in phases. At the moment we have done Abuja and Jos then we are going to do six in the next couple of months. When we finish that set, we will look at Nigerian map to know where next to go but at every point in time we will do one in every geo-political zone of the country.”
On the state of readiness of Kwara State, the minister said, “We require a total of three sets to be able to effectively cover the whole of Kwara State. And the plan is that we will replicate similar stucuture what in Ilorin in Patigi and Kaiama. Unfortunately, Kaiama has a bit of a setback. The mast there fell, and it will take a while for us to rebuild the mast. When Patigi is up and Kaiama is up, confidently we can say the whole of Kwara State will be covered and there will be spill over to the neighbouring state of Niger. So that is how ready we are.”