Nigeria: Digital Switch-Over Officially Launched In Lagos City
The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, during the Digital Switch Over (DSO) official launch in Lagos State - where the city went live on digital television - said the event marked the commencement of the second phase of the DSO rollout in Nigeria.
Mohammed said the Lagos launch was unique because it marked the first time the DSO project would provide 60 channel options to Nigeria’s television households. With Lagos being the country’s city hub, the federal government saw the need to use technology to boost service delivery in all spheres of life, said the Minister. The project will enhance the Lagos Smart City Project while providing better quality television viewing to more than 5 million TV households in the State, he affirmed.
Also speaking was Acting Director-General of NBC Armstrong Idachaba, who said the digitisation of broadcasting during his welcome address, will bring an influx of opportunities for Nigerians. The rollout in Lagos is a pathway to jobs being created for creatives, engineers and technicians, small businesses, and other groups of the food chain will be stimulated.
According to reports, the speeches at the events highlighted how the DSO success would provide opportunities for the government to use the content for engagements and information exchange with citizens, which will, as a result, bring governance closer to the people.