The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Monday announced that it had commenced the installation of facilities for Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in Kaduna State.
The Director-General of the Commission, Malam Is’haq Modibbo-kawu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the National Headquarters of the commission in Abuja.
Pinnacle Communications ltd., the major signal distributor for the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in the country, is undertaking the installation at the instance of the NBC
Modibbo-kawu said that the commission was working assiduously to roll out Digital Switch-Over in each state across the six geo-political zones simultaneously.
He expressed optimism that with a high level of political support from the Government and the commitment of the commission, Nigeria would meet the June 2017 switch-over dateline.
“ As I address you today, Pinnacle Communications Ltd. has commenced the installation of the facilities for Kaduna.
“I was there to inspect the work being done at the weekend. Our colleagues can go to the site on Rabah Road, Kaduna, to verify that work is advancing very rapidly there.
“ They have also concluded plans for Delta and Gombe states, while the second signal distributor, Integrated Television Service (ITS), will similarly mobilise into Kwara, Enugu and Osun states,’’he said.
The DG said that NBC had commenced the settlement of all debts arising from the contracts awarded in respect of the DSO.
Modibbo-kawu added that the commission had also effected payments to the Set Top Boxes manufacturers,and that the settlement was around N5 billion.
“ The next phase of payment we are processing is what is due to the DSO backbone group, our Signal Distributors, ITS and Pinnacle Communications Ltd.
“ These payments would help our various stakeholder groups to meet their obligations as well as deepen commitment to the entire effort to achieve a nation-wide DSO, “he said.
The director-general said that the NBC was committed to the highest standards of broadcasting regulation, assuring that it would do everything to assist the growth of the broadcast industry.
He said that the commission would continue to provide the “ambience for the flowering of broadcasting in the country and would never tolerate a regime of impunity”.
He urged broadcast stations to obey the law , especially on prompt payment of license fees.
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