Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has given updates on the Digital Switch Over, DSO. According to the Minister, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture considers the DSO as one of its priority projects.
Meanwhile, he directed GoTV and StarTimes to stop self-carriage by the end of June 2021 as part of efforts to make the Digital Switch Over proposition viable.
He noted that the DSO could create jobs, bring governance closer to the people through better access to information, thus deepening democracy, bringing the internet to millions of homes, and providing quality programming.
Mohammed said the Switch Over could serve Nigeria’s estimated 24 million television households, with high fidelity pictures and sound.
He added that the Ministry had rolled out the DSO in Kaduna, Enugu, Osun, Plateau State and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja. The Minister further disclosed that the Ministry would kick-start the new rollout in Lagos state on April 29th 2021.
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He emphasised that the DSO is about stimulating local content and creating jobs for Nigeria’s teeming population, especially the very creative youth population. Mohammed said the DSO is capable of generating 1 million jobs in three years.
The Minister noted that the National Broadcasting Commission has licensed over 30 Nigerian pay-tv companies, but only one is currently struggling to breakthrough.