Households who were deliberately denied access to benefit from the on-going free distribution exercise of Set-Top-Boxes in Jos North, South and East Local Government Ares of Plateau State might have a second chance.
The North-Central Zonal Coordinator of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Dr. Igomu Onoja, revealed this, at interactive meeting organized by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Malam Muhammed Nazif with Information/NOA officers from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state in Jos.
He said “reports have shown that some enumerators defied the instruction we gave them, some are selling it at one thousand naira, some at one thousand five hundred naira, in spite of the announcement made on radio that police will arrest anyone caught selling Set-Top-Boxes mained to be distributed free.
“We assure you that all complaints will be attended to promptly. We have these phone lines; 07068342674. That the first line and the second line is 08080702149. This two lines anytime you call, somebody will surely answer you. It is important you know these lines so, if your community is not enumerated, let us know and we will go there and enumerate that community,” the zonal coordinator assured.
He stressed further that, although, there was a sell centre around Ahmadu Bello Way, but they have been instructed to stop selling until the distribution exercise was over, warning that, those in the habit of buying the set-top boxes or the coupons might not have the signal unless they were properly registered and must follow the right channel of going to their respective community leaders station.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication, Mr. Christopher Bello, lauded the significant contribution of the Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Lalong to the realization of the switch over from the analogue to digital broadcasting.
Represented by the Director, Public Enlightenment and Documentation in the Ministry, Mr. Harris Dawurang, the Permanent Secretary, said it was in line with this commitment that the ministry created the forum for the Commissioner for Information and Communication to interact with both the Local Government Information and National Orientation Agency officers, respectively.
On his part, the state Director of NOA, Mr. Bulus Dabit, who was represented by Mr. Mwankon Vincent, thanked NBC and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture for choosing Plateau State to pilot the project of digital switch over and called on the information and NOA officers to synergize towards ensuring that the right information was disseminated.
There was a vote of thanks from the General Manager Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTVC), Mr. Jephta Jackden, even as there were presentation of joint report by each LGA and communiqué thereafter issued according.
-The Nigeria Standard