The digital switchover of the broadcasting industry in Nigeria would formally kick off tomorrow in fulfillment of the Federal Government’s desire to change the face of the broadcast industry in the Country.
The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mallam Muhammad Nazif briefing News men yesterday at the Joseph Gomwalk State Secretariat in Jos said about 2,000 set-up boxes are to be distributed tomorrow to residence of Jos-South, Jos-East and Jos-North Local Government areas of the State.
The Commissioner said Plateau State has been chosen as a pilot State for the switchover project in the Country for its possession of modern equipment ahead of other States of the Federation.
Malam Nazif stressed that the Plateau State Ministry of Information and Communication have taken note of all houses within the three local Government areas set for the free distribution exercise tomorrow capturing only those with television set in their homes to receive the set-up boxes upon the presentation of their ticket.
Responding to questions from Journalists on the free distribution exercise, the commissioner said, “We have identified 20 state constituencies in Jos-North, Jos-South and 16 in Jos-East local government areas for the exercise to fast track the distribution processes.
He said the set up boxes are going to be in the custody of various Ward heads where people whom have been captured during the collation exercise would go for collection but after the free distribution exercise tomorrow the set-up boxes would to be sold at a unit price of N1500.
He maintained that the digital Switchover (DSO) Committee led by Engr. Edward Amana has been in the state for quiet sometime now working effectively for a successful switchover in the Country.