Plateau on the threshold of History… Set for Digital Switch-Over
All is now set for the launch of the Digital Switch over in Jos, Plateau State tomorrow April 30.
Addressing journalists in Jos as a prelude to events culminating to the launch of the Digital Switch Over (DSO), State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Nazif announced that 200,000 set-up boxes are to be given out free-of-charge to residents of Jos East, Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of the State.
According to him, tomorrow’s event is not just another example of a major stride in technology but an occasion that reminds the state of its history in the broadcast industry describing it as the source of strength.
The Commissioner explained that having been convinced that Plateau has more modern equipment ahead of others, the state was selected as the pilot state for the project.
“The Plateau State Government has since continued to meet its obligations towards the realization of this national goal. And where we are today is both the result of this commitment and the receptive atmosphere provided by citizens of the state”.
On the criteria adopted for the distribution of the 200,000 set-up boxes, the Commissioner listed some of the criteria to include the purchasing power of the beneficiaries among other factors.
It would be recalled that in June 2014, the Digital Switch-Over campaign was flagged-off in Jos and with that, the process of migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in Nigeria formally took-off.
Tomorrow’s event will be a landmark in the history of broadcasting on the Plateau. The occasion slated for the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Little Rayfield, is expected to attract dignitaries from within and outside Plateau including the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who will chair the occasion.