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Tv digital switch over to begin in Lagos

Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to support the launch of the Digital Switch Over, DSO, in the State on the 29th of this month.

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed the support at the Lagos House Marina when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and other members of the Ministerial Taskforce on the DSO, visited him.

“It speaks to our own efforts at prov will support it by getting the State advertising Agency, LASAA to roll out advocacy because we want our people to be exposed to modern international opportunities and best practices” the Governor said.

The DSO has already been rolled out in five States of the Federation and Abuja.

Earlier, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said thr rollout in Lagos would be a critical milestone for the DSO and the creative industry as over one million jobs would be provided over the next three years.

The Minister said: “The rollout in Lagos reflects our decision to take the DSO to
commercial centres across the country. With a population of over 20 million, and projected TV Households of over 5 million, the launch of
FreeTV in Lagos State will be a critical milestone for the DSO and for Nigeria’s broadcast and creative industry.

The DSO is not just about high fidelity sound and picture, Alhaji Lai added, saying it is
about creating jobs, stimulating local content and empowering channel owners.

According to the Minister, with the free tv of the DSO, Nigerians would have opportunities to watch over 60 channels with great contents at a cheaper rate and without subscription to pay tv.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed who presented Governor Sanwo-Olu with a set top box for the DSO said it would also enable government to get the data of every household with television, thereby making the collection of TV and Radio Licenses easier.

He said the Nigerian Broadcasting Code had been amended to make provisions for the switch over from analog to digital.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated that six months after the rollout in Lagos, the NBC would ask Tv stations to shut down their analog broadcasting equipment, thereby making more spectrum available for data and other telecommunication services.

Omolara Omosanya

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