FG set to launch Digital Switch Over in Lagos, April 29


The Federal Government has assured to begin the second roll out of Digital Switch Over (DSO) from April 29 in Lagos and some other states

The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the assurance in an interactive session with Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation

The Minister who is accompanied by the 13 Member Ministerial Task Force on Digital Switch Over project explained that the kickstarting of the new roll out will be in Lagos state on April 29, while Kano on June 3, and Rivers on July 8 and then follow up with Yobe s on July 15 and Gombe on Aug 12.

The minister said to date, they have rolled out the DSO in five states and Abuja,Which had already gone live in the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara, Kaduna Enugu and Osun states.

He said the ministry considers the DSO project to be one of its priority with the sole aim of creating over one million jobs,

Accirding to the minister this will bring governance closer to the people through better access to information, provide quality programming to an estimated 24 million television households, with high fidelity pictures and sound in Nigeria

Lai Muhammed believed that the main objective of the project is to stimulate local content and empowering platform owners ,saying the manufacturing of Set Top Boxes or decoders alone was capable of creating 50,000 jobs, while television production could create 200,000 jobs .

Meanwhile Film Production can generate 350 to 400,000 jobs,distribution, which entails supplying the market with Set Top Boxes,TVs and Dongles for the internet, will require at least 100,000 wholesalers.

Also the Advertising can create a further 50,000 jobs,

He said the ministry had taken some steps to create the enabling environment for the DSO to succeed, for local content to thrive, for indigenous producers to be more engaged and for the local advertising market to grow.

He also revealed that the federal government had carried out an unprecedented reform of the broadcasting industry, given the nexus between the reforms and success of the DSO.

The minister solicited the support of the Senate to achieve success by backing it up with Legislations saying the ministry is considering a bill for an act to review the broadcasting laws in conformity with present day realities

The chairman senate committee on infirmation and National Orientation senator Danladi Sankara from Jigawa has assured support in that direction urging the minister to consider incorporating Radio being the most widely used by Nigerians especially at the rural areas.

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