By Umar Muhammad Puma
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has pledged a continuous and rapid rollout of digital television across the country, in order to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the immense benefits of the Digital Switch Over (DSO).
The Minister spoke in Ilorin on Wednesday at the launch of the DSO in Ilorin, Kwara State.
“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. Yes, this process has not been without hiccups. But like the saying goes, you will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks,’’ he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the DSO is not just to move customers and Nigerians from analogue to digital in a simple technical sense, but to transform the whole TV watching experience.
“In doing this, we are ensuring access to information for all citizens, a key ingredient of democracy, and also ensuring the economic empowerment of all participants in the industry while providing a level playing field for Nigerian companies and entrepreneurs to build viable businesses,’’ he said.
The Minister implored the Integrated Television Services (ITS), the Signal Distributor for Kwara State, to rapidly extend the digital television experience beyond Ilorin and its environs, ‘’so that the good people of Kwara can reap the digital benefits. Our people deserve no less’’.