Switching To Digital Broadcasting Best For Nigeria – NBC Boss

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BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, on Monday declared that the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has enhanced quality broadcasting in Nigeria.

He stated this at the Pinnacle Communications Limited office, Kaduna, while inspecting facilities by the signal distributor ahead of switch over take-off in the North-west geo-political zone.

The NBC boss emphasized that though the switch over was an expensive process, it represents one of the best options in the sector.

Malam Kawu explained that digital switch-over was part of the process for kick starting the national digital economy at a time the country is gradually moving out of recession.

While assessing the facilities at Pinnacle, the Director General said that it was a top class transmission and monitoring system that would facilitate the switch over.

He said getting the local channels into the system would hasten completion of the process, adding, “There are areas in Kaduna that we have to do signal assessment and then take a decision about how to fill the gaps. But the challenge and most important thing is that we need to reach the people of Kaduna State.

“As a matter of fact, you know Nigerians are very intrepid in business sense. A couple of weeks ago, we discovered that some people are bringing boxes from Abuja to Kaduna in anticipation of the fact that we are coming to establish signal, we told the people that we will let them know when the boxes are going to be activated, but those buying the boxes discovered that there was no signal in the city and that gives us problem because we need to establish signal here before the boxes could start working,” he said.

The Director General urged journalists to be part of agent of change in the transition to digital system, by helping to educate and inform Nigerians that the choice for a switch over is the right thing to do.

The NBC, he said, plans to install the digital system in Gombe, Kwara, Osun, Enugu and Delta states, in addition to the ones on ground.

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