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Published On: Thu, Dec 18th, 2014

Council calls for law on digital migration

digital-tv-switchoverThe Federal Ministry of Information and other stakeholders have been urged to draft a Bill that will facilitate the enactment of a law on national switchover from analogue to digital transmission.

The National Council on Information made the call at the end of its 45th meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

It will be recalled that the International Telecommunications Union, the UN agency that allocates radio spectrum and satellite orbits, directed that all countries should migrate from analogue to digital transmission by June 17, 2015.

The communiqué also stated that the mass media of information should be effectively harnessed for public enlightenment towards keeping Ebola away permanently from Nigerian.

It stressed the important role of mass media managers at federal, state and local government levels in ensuring adequate mobilisation and civic education of the people.

“This is to enhance voter education and ensure credible and peaceful elections.’’

It expressed the need to re-enforce the use of government printing press at all levels to ensure security and protection of government documents.

The council commended the collaboration between the Nigerian Press Council and the Democratic Governance for Development in building the capacity of Nigerian journalists.

The council also called for the establishment of Audio Visual Rights Society with the responsibility of negotiating, granting licences, collecting royalties of rights owners and distributing same.

The council unanimously adopted Jigawa as the host of the 46th meeting of the council at a date to be announced later.

The theme of the meeting was Strategic Information Management for Credible and Peaceful Elections. (NAN)


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