ITS LAUNCHES DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION SERVICES IN KWARA STATE
The switch over from analogue to digital television in Nigeria, which commenced a little over a year ago with the pilot phase in Jos, Plateau state, received a massive boost towards the tail end of the fourth quarter of 2017 with the commission of the DTT Operations centres in Ilorin, Kwara state and Kaduna in Kaduna state.
In reiterating government earlier commitment to the project, and that the citizenry realizes the numerous benefits of the digital switch over (DSO), the Federal Government has pledge a continuous and steady roll out of Digital Television across the country.
The Minister of Information and culture Alh Lai Mohammed restated this pledge on 20th December, 2017 at the Launch of the Digital Switch Over in Ilorin, Kwara State. The Minister stated “We cannot afford to drop the ball as we continue our journey from analogue to Digital Television because the benefits to our people are huge’’
He further stated that the entire switch over process will transform our television viewing experience.
The launched which was on the platform of the Integrated Television Services, the National Broadcast signal distributor, will provide the residents of Kwara State access to 30 digital channels free without monthly subscription. All they need do is acquire, install and activate the digital set top box.
According to the Director General of the Nigeria Broadcasting commission who was also present at the launch, the new Digital Terrestrial Television project is an impressive technical feat, but more importantly, it is a platform that has a national security imperative.
The Federal Government envisages that in the long run, digital television will offer a major platform in creating new jobs that will come from employment to be generated by our various stakeholders (Engineers, Scriptwriters, App developers, Artistes etc).
Kwara state is among the six states chosen from each of the Six geo political zones in Nigeria. And with the switch over, the face of television in Kwara had changed.
Some benefits of the switch over to Kwara state residents includes but not limited to:
- Access to 30 free channels in digital quality.
- Local and foreign channels with programme of different genres.
- No monthly subscription.
- Detailed electronic programme guide.
- Information services.
Personalities present at the Launch includes, the Kwara state commissioner for Information Alhaji Mahmud Babatunde Ajeigbe representing the Kwara state governor, Director General Nigeria Broadcasting Commission Mr Modibbo Kawu, Director General NTA Mallam Yakubu ibn Mohammed and chairman Digiteam Engr. Edward Amana, chairman STB manufacturers association Sir Godfrey, Chairman Cable Channels Network Limited, and other notable Nigerians
The occasion was colourful as the Kwara state cultural troupe entertained the guests.
Set top boxes were also sold at subsidized rates.
by – Aigbonoga Wosilat