Nigeria: Minister Of Information And Culture Distributes Free Chinese-Funded Satellite TV In Nigerian Villages
The Chinese government is funding the project.
Mohammed kicked off the project on Monday 14 January 2018 in Kpaduma 3, a village that is in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).
The minister revealed that the 1000 Villages Satelite TV Project had been announced by Xi Jinping, the Chinese President at the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that was held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He said that the initiative fell under the Ten Major China-Africa Cooperation Plans that were discussed at the event.
Mohammed added that each of the 1,000 carefully-selected villages in Nigeria would receive two sets of solar-powered projector TVs and one set of 32-inch solar-powered digital TV integrated terminal system.
Additionally, 20 recipient families who already own TVs in each village will be given 20 sets of direct broadcast satellite terminal systems for free.
Mohammed said that viewers provided with the projector TV system would enjoy 21 satellite channels for free, while each of the 20 recipient households would be able to access 33 satellite TV channels for free for a period of two months.
After that, they can continue to enjoy the 33 channels by paying $2.47 per month; alternatively, they can enjoy limited access without payment.
The information minister said that while the project would strengthen the China-Nigeria relations, it would also complement the continuous efforts of the Buhari Administration to provide access to information and entertainment in the country.
He said that Nigeria is currently busy preparing for its Digital Switch Over (DSO) for television to build what will become Africa’s largest and most lucrative Free-To-Air Television platform rolled out in Jos, Plateau State, in April 2016.
Mohammed said that the DSO roll-out would bring the benefits of digital television to all Nigeria’s households in a fashion that he calls the democratisation of information and entertainment.
The minister said that the 1,000 villages project could not have come at a better time.
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