Following the Federal Government’s launch of the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) from analogue to digital television broadcasting in Enugu, the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi administration has procured 10,000 set top boxes for free distribution to some low income households.
Speaking at a ceremony at the zonal headquarters of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Enugu, Ugwuanyi stated that the procurement was to enable less endowed families access more channels in line with innovation in the broadcasting industry.
The governor added that his administration also took the decision because of the significant cost of digital cut-over on the consumer, who will have to source set top boxes to enable their analogue televisions receive digital signals.
Ugwuanyi said that the government was delighted to “fully” support the digitisation process, which he said “will increase the channels available to Enugu TV viewers, expand and deepen educational content, reduce the cost of deploying and managing costly state television infrastructure, and ultimately improve the IGR of local governments”. “As a state, we are fully conscious of possible discomfort that economically challenged families will face when they experience disruption in accessing free-to-air television. This, in our judgment, is the major reason the federal government has committed to produce and subsidize 10-million set top boxes for distribution to poor households in Nigeria.
Ugwuanyi expressed delight that Enugu is the No. 5 in the country to cutover to digital television broadcasting after Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Plateau, Kwara and Kaduna states, adding that the state also has the distinction of being the first in the Southsouth
The governor praised the Federal Government, especially the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for the resolute manner they have pursued the Digital Switch-Over agenda despite the daunting challenges, stressing that “there is every reason to support the switchover from analogue to digital television broadcasting”.
Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed thanked the governor for his presence at the event, noting that Enugu is the third state the Federal Government has launched the Digital Switch-Over in the last two months.
Also speaking, Director General of NBC, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, stated that the Federal Government was making the transition from analogue to digital a reality, stressing that the benefits are enormous as viewers will gradually appreciate the vision behind the initiative.