The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revealed that it is partnering with Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) to accelerate the process of digital switchover (DSO) in the country.
Director-General of the NBC, Balarabe Ilelah, made the disclosure in a statement issued by Ekanem Antia, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of NBC, on Saturday, September 10, in Abuja.
The statement quoted Ilelah as speaking during a visit to the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale.
He explained that the visit was to discuss and also identify areas where the two agencies could have a mutually beneficial relationship.
The NBC DG noted that the importance of inter-agency collaborations could not be over-stressed, as it would add value to their mandates and also strengthen their relationship which, in turn, would contribute immensely to the growth and development of the country.
The director-general said that the country had made huge progress towards the switchover from analogue; to digital terrestrial television broadcasting; and the benefits the viewers as well as stakeholders had experienced so far.
He said that the next state to be switched on was Kano State; adding that it would start enjoying the benefits from Sept 30.
Ilelah, who observed very little presence of indigenous players in the Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem; expressed willingness to encourage more local participation in the digital switchover project.
He stressed that with the support and cooperation of NIGCOMSAT, the DSO project would be seamless.
Responding, Alale appreciated the NBC boss for the visit and expressed NIGCOMSAT’s readiness to support the commission; in achieving a successful DSO roll-out in the country.
She lauded the commission’s efforts at regulating and controlling the broadcasting industry in Nigeria; saying that this had impacted positively on broadcast programmes as well as contents across board.
Similarly, the NBC boss paid a courtesy call on Kahifu Abdullahi, Director-General, National Information Development Agency (NITDA), to seek the support of the agency towards the successful launch of DSO in the remaining states and automation of the commission’s operations and services.
Abdullahi assured NBC of his agency’s commitment towards realising the commission’s vision of embracing digital technologies in its processes.