The Federal Government in Nigeria inaugurated the Ministerial Task Force on Digitisation project to fast track the process of transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in 2017. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, inaugurated the task force in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the task force are National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Signal Distributors and Set Top Box Manufacturers. Others include Digital Shift Over Team, Nigeria Customs Service, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON).
Mohammed said if the transition from analogue to digital television project succeeded in 2017, it would enhance quality and sharper pictures, as well as create huge economic potential for the country. He said that the project would create 40 Free-To-Air Channels without any subscription fee. The minister added that the project would also assist television stations to curb the challenge of signal and urged stakeholders to work toward meeting the digitisation target of 2017 in order for Nigeria to comply with the agreement signed by ECOWAS countries.
On the other hand, Godfrey Ohuabunwa, the Chairman, Set Top Box Manufacturers, commended the minister for inaugurating the task force. He said that the task force would assist the Plateau Digital Shift Over pilot scheme scheduled for April.