At Enugu Digital Switchover Launch, Gov. Ugwuanyi procures
10,000 set top boxes for low income rural dwellers Following the
federal government’s launch of the Digital Switchover (DSO) from
analogue to digital television broadcasting in Enugu, Governor
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration in keeping with its rural
development agenda has procured 10,000 set top boxes for
distribution free of charge to identified low income households
across the 475 autonomous communities of the state. Speaking at
the ceremony, which took place at the zonal headquarters of the
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Enugu, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated
that the procurement was to enable less economically-endowed
families in the rural areas have access to more television channels
in line with the inherent benefits of the new innovation in the
broadcasting industry. The governor further stated that his
administration also took the decision because of the significant
cost of digital cut-over on the consumer who will have to source
for set top boxes that will enable their analogue televisions to
receive new digital signals. Gov. Ugwuanyi disclosed that the
state government was delighted to “fully” support the digitization
process, which he said “will dramatically increase the number of
channels available to Enugu TV viewers, expand and deepen
educational content available to our children, drastically reduce
the cost of deploying and managing our costly state television
infrastructure, and ultimately improve the IGR of our 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. “We are keen to
encourage the federal government to make good this promise so
that this unique service will be available to most Nigerians
especially the rural poor. As a government, we have intervened on
behalf of our people by purchasing ten thousand (10,000) set top
boxes which will be distributed free of charge to identified low
income households in our rural areas”, the governor announced.
Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed delight that Enugu is now the number
five 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 entire southern Nigeria. The governor commended the
federal government, especially the Ministry of Information and
Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for the
resolute manner they have pursued the digital switchover agenda
despite the daunting challenges, stressing that “there is every
reason to support the switchover from analogue to digital
television broadcasting”. In his address, the Minister of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, thanked the
governor for his presence at the event despite the short notice,
noting that Enugu is the third state the federal government has
launched the Digital Switchover in the last two months. The
minister emphasized the need for an objective and scientific
audience measurement that would provide confidence among the
people through the digitalization of television broadcasting in the
country, urging Nigerians to support the on-going revolution in the
industry. Also speaking, the Director General of NBC, Mallam
Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, who described Enugu as a remarkable city
under the present administration in the state, stated that the
federal government was making the transition from analogue
broadcasting to digital a reality, stressing that the benefits are
enormous as the viewers will gradually appreciate the vision
behind the initiative.


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