By: Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
Plateau State owned Plateau Radio Television (PRTVC) is now 99% ready for the planned switch-over exercise to digital transmission in the country.
This was disclosed today by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Nazif, during a press briefing in his office at the state Ministry of Information.
The Commissioner also disclosed that there are already 200,000 setup boxes for distribution free, as a pilot exercise to encourage Nigerians to embrace the switchover from analogue transmission to digital.
According to Mal. Nazif, the boxes would be sold for N1,500.00 after the pilot exercise, which is to commence this weekend.
Read the press text below:
ADDRESS BY HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER, PLATEAU STATE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION, MUHAMMAD NAZIF, BEING PRELUDE TO THE LAUNCH OF THE DIGITAL SWITCH-OVER IN JOS
Gentlemen of the Press:
It is my pleasure to meet you this afternoon.
This meeting is the culmination of events leading to the launch of the Digital Switch-Over which is scheduled for tomorrow, April 30 in Jos.
I am obliged to brief you on this development not only because it directly relates to your work as media professionals but, especially because, its success depends to a large extend on you. Either way, you are critical partners in this history-making event.
You would recall that in June 2014, the Digital Switch-Over Campaign was flagged off in Jos. With that, the process of migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in Nigeria formally took off.
The selection of Plateau as the pilot state for this project was based on equipment and it of Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTVC), by the National Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC). Having convinced that Plateau possessed more modern equipment ahead of others we were therefore selected to champion this course.
The Plateau State Government has since continued to meet its obligation 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 her part, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has done a lot.
A Digital Switch-over (DSO) Committee has since been set under the leadership of Engr. Edward Amana. The Committee has effectively being on ground to ensure the project is successful.
It has been in Jos for couple of days making out all the necessary finishing touches including the distribution of 200,000 set-up boxes to be given out free-of-charge to the residents of Jos East, Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas of Plateau State.
For us, tomorrow’s occasion is not just another example of a major stride in technology. It reminds us of the richness of our history in the broadcast industry. This is the source of our strength as we channel resources to ensure that we succeed.
Because you are critical stakeholders in this enterprise, we cannot leave you out as we stand on the threshold of history. It is therefore, my honour to formally invite you to witness this history as it unfolds.
The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed will be presiding over the ceremony which begins 10:00am at Banquet Hall, Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos.
May God see us through and may you also do your own bit to make us succeed and proud.
Thank you and God bless!