NBC Gains Full Support Of National Assembly For Successful Digital Switch Over
The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Olusegun Odebunmi, has announced that the National Assembly is ready to support the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria in its quest to achieve successful Digital Switch Over.
Odebunmi made this announcement at the 12th Afro-centric Biennial Conference and Exhibition of African Broadcasters arranged by NBC in Abuja. The theme of the conference was: “The Dynamics of Broadcasting in the Digital Era”.
The chairman explained that NASS was working tirelessly to review the Act establishing NBC to accommodate Digital Switch Over so that the migration to digital would be smooth.
He expressed that he was optimistic that if all stakeholders worked together, Nigeria would achieve a successful digital transformation from analogue to digital terrestrial tv.
Odebunmi said that just last week, the National Assembly had passed the second reading of the Establishment Act of NBC, to provide for the switchover.
Alhaji Ikra Bilbis, The Chairman of the Board of NBC, said the migration transition was a project of concern for the commission, being the highest regulatory board in Nigeria.
He said that the 12th Africast Conference had provided an opportunity for broadcasters to learn from each other, to improve national broadcasting industries in their respective countries.
Bilbis added that the conference had continued to contribute to the growth of the broadcast industry through discussions around trends, presentations and exhibitions, therefore, also assisting in growing the nation’s economy and also promote technological transfer.
In his goodwill message, Lucky Omoluwa, The Chairman of Pinnacle Communication L.td, said he was inspired by the drive of NBC to launch digital broadcasting in Nigeria.
According to him, it is obvious that the completion of the migration to the digital era is very near.
He said that transitioning to digital terrestrial tv would bring social, political and economic benefits that would change Nigeria forever.
Omoluwa said that Nigeria would experience employment, growth and prosperity because of this switch over.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that NBC has successfully hosted the Afro-centric Biennial Conference and Exhibition of African Broadcasters since the first one in1996.
It has since become a significant broadcast event on the African continent for broadcast content producers, broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, policy makers, academicians, vendors and other stakeholders from all over Africa and the rest of the world.