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Nigeria: NBC And ICPC In Legal Battle Over $6.9Million DSO Project

Nigeria is on the brink of missing yet another chance to advance into the Age of Information; a new era where knowledge and technology drive the economy.

This new era is dependent on digital dividends through the shift towards digital broadcast, which will allow consumers to enjoy a wider variety of shows on various channels with a high quality of transmission.

The Digital Switch Over (DSO) is the process of changing from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.
It facilitates the reduction of power and energy consumption and boosts spectrum efficiency, which brings many associated benefits for both broadcasters and consumers.

Most importantly, Nigeria’s TV industry is expected to generate $1billion in revenue annually after the completion of the DSO.
But politics and the government’s refractory approach have thrown obstacles along Nigeria’s journey to DSO.

Between June 17, 2012, and June 17, 2017, Nigeria missed five consecutive years of meeting its set target and the great opportunities of wealth creation that come with it.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had initially set 2015 as the deadline for a complete transition to digital broadcast in the ultra-high frequency (UHF), and 2020 had been the deadline for very high frequency (VHF) globally.

Since ITU had set the original target, Nigeria had thereafter set three of its own targets in 2012, 2015 and 2017, but then failed to meet all of those targets.

Currently, politics are getting in the way yet again as the Independent Corrupt Practices, and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and three more organisations are locked in a legal scuffle over alleged $6.9million fraud in Nigeria’s DSO project.

As the politics take centre-stage, Nigeria is sitting idly as lucrative opportunities in the economic and entertainment sector pass her by.

The local companies that were hired to produce setup boxes for receiving digital signals and many job opportunities have also been placed on hold.

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