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FG begins second phase of digital TV switch-over in Lagos, Kano, others

Written by on March 12, 2021

The Federal Polytechnic which was recently approved for Plateau state by the Federal Government is to be cited in Nyak community, Shendam Local Government Area of the state.


The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Architect Sonny Echono conveyed the information to Governor Simon Lalong during the continuation of a technical visit to the State in preparation to the take-off of the Polytechnic.


The Permanent Secretary said the technical team from the Ministry had undertaken a preliminary visit to various sites in Shendam Local Government and having submitted its findings, Nyak was chosen as the site for the school.


Echono said facilities such as access road to the site, power lines and water body for treatment are the immediate concerns that will be addressed in collaboration with State Government.

He said already, President Buhari has approved 2 billion naira for the takeoff of the institution.


A statement from the Governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs, Macham Makut added that the visit report of the 10-man technical committee will further advise whether the Polytechnic should start on a temporary facility or on the permanent site.

The federal government has announced the rollout of the digital switch-over in four more states, two years after it was launched in six states.


The switch-over, DSO, is meant to transform the television broadcasting system across the country from the current analogue to digital mode.


The first rollout was launched in Jos, Abuja, Ilorin, Kaduna, Enugu and Osogbo.


Delivered under the brand name, Free TV, the DSO in this period has translated to an increasing digital television penetration and better-quality television service in those states.


Other benefits so far include job creation in the creative and set-top box manufacturing and retail sectors; the creation of an information outlet for the government to reach households in Nigeria and a PushVOD service that provides a secure outlet for Nollywood movies distribution to Nigerians.


The acting director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria, Armstrong Idachaba, said under the second phase, the programme will be rolled out in Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Yobe and Gombe States.


He said the first Analogue Switch Off is slated to take place on May 28 in Abuja. The remaining phase 1 states of Plateau, Kaduna, Kwara, Enugu, and Osun will follow in June, August, and September 2021.


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