The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced a collaboration with Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) to accelerate the process of the country’s Digital-Switch-Over (DSO).
The Director-General of NBC, Malam Balarabe Ilelah who announced in a statement issued by Ekanem Antia, NBC’s Deputy Director, Public Affairs, recently in Abuja. during a meeting with NIGCOMSAT’s Managing Director He explained that the purpose of the visit was to discuss and identify areas where the two agencies could collaborate in the future.
Ilelah stated that the importance of inter-agency partnerships could not be overstated, as it would add value to their mandates and enhance their connection, thereby contributing significantly to the country’s growth and development.
The director-general stated that the government had achieved significant progress in transitioning from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and that viewers and stakeholders had reaped the benefits thus far.
He indicated that Kano State would be the next state to be switched on and enjoy the benefits on September 30. Ilelah expressed openness to support more local engagement in the DSO initiative after observing a lack of indigenous participants in the Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem.
NBC DG emphasised that the DSO project would be seamless with NIGCOMSAT’s support and cooperation.
Alale expressed her gratitude for the visit and NIGCOMSAT’s willingness to assist the commission in achieving a successful DSO roll-out across the country. In addition, she lauded the commission’s efforts to regulate and oversee the Nigerian broadcasting industry, stating that this had a positive impact on all broadcast programmes and contents.
Ilelah also paid a courtesy call to Mr Kahifu Abdullahi, Director-General, National Information Development Agency (NITDA), to solicit NITDA’s assistance in launching DSO successfully in the other states and automating the commission’s operations and services.
Abdullahi informed the NBC that his organisation is committed to achieving the commission’s vision of incorporating digital technologies into its processes.
He also stated that NITDA intends to include NBC in its Digital Transformation Working Group (DTWG) to support capacity building for its employees and bring them up to speed on ways to understand the process entirely.