The Federal government of Nigeria reveals plans to resume the Digital switchover project across 31 States in the country. The announcement of plans to resume the Digital switchover project was made known by the Minister of Information, lai Mohammed.
The minister reveals the government is on course to secure funds to finance the wide roll out of the digital switchover project across 31 States of the federation and offset backlog of outstanding debts and equally motivate stakeholders involved in the implementation of the project for the benefit of Nigerians.
In addition, the minister of information said the digital switchover project would be a private sector driven to ensure effectiveness and efficiency as their will not be subsidies.
On the need to implement this project at this time, he further revealed that the roll out of the digital switchover project would act as an immediate response to the economic havoc caused by the covid-19 pandemic. He stated that this would go a long way to improve the process of production in the country.
In his words;
“…if indeed there is a good time to resume the DSO (digital switchover), it is now, why? Because moving ahead with the DSO (digital switchover), it is critical to the Post-covid-19 prosperity of not just creative industry but the whole country.”
“Hence, it has been taken as a priority of this ministry. On our part we’ve made tremendous progress in our efforts to get the much needed fund for the DSO (digital switchover) process in particular to pay outstanding debts and to ginger stakeholders to resume the roll out and bring the massive benefits of the DSO (digital switchover) to Nigerians.”
Digital switchover is a process of transforming analogue broadcasting television to digital-based television.
The Digital switchover project kick started earlier in the year 2016 in Plateau State and was replicated in other four States which included Abuja, kaduna State , Osun State, Kwara State.
The full implementation of the Digital switchover project across the country was halted due to insufficient funds to finance the project and other inalienable factors.