The Federal Government says it hopes to generate one million jobs through the Digital Switch Over, (DSO), by promoting the right content to the 24 million TV households in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, stated this at the unveiling of DSO and analogue switch-off timetable on Thursday, in Abuja.
According to him, “It will create jobs for at least one million Nigerians in the next three years. We are not quoting this figure because we want to impress anybody. There is industry, manufacturing, innovative, content creation. The opportunity in terms of opportunity is huge. There will be revenue from add on services. It will drive content quality and create jobs in the musical and film industry. It will be the best thing to have happened to the industry”.
He further said that the rolling out of the DSO, which will be done in phases, signals the end of analogue transmission in the country. Reeling out the timetable, the Acting Director-General of Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof. Adukwu Idachaba, said the switch-off of the analogue content will start with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on May 26, followed by Plateau and Kaduna States on June 17 and 30, respectively. He added that Kwara will follow on August 3, with Enugu on September 1 and Osun on September 30.
The States are already on Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) under Phase 1. Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Yobe, Gombe and Imo are coming under Phase 2 between April 29 and August 24.
The minister said the decision to kick-start the analogue switch off was a clear testimony to the commitment to complete the DSO process as soon as possible. He added that the government hoped to make the Set Top Boxes, or decoders, affordable to Nigerians.