The National Broadcasting Commission says it will migrate from analogue transmission to Digital Terrestrial Television transmission in Kwara State on December 20 and in Kaduna State on December 22.
The commission’s Head of Public Affairs, Maimuna Jimada, made the disclosure in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Jimada said that the switch-on of the two locations was in compliance with the commission’s phased digital switch on timetable tailored toward achieving the one-state-per geo-political zone in Nigeria.
She said that the arrangement was agreed upon by stakeholders in the broadcasting industry to gradually achieve digital terrestrial television services coverage all over the country.
She said that the Kwara State digitisation would be conduct by the Integrated Television Services Limited, which was the signal distributor contracted to handle the project.
Jimada said he Kaduna State switch on would be conducted by the Pinnacle Broadcasts Limited, the signal distributor in charge of the project in the state.
She said: “The event in Ilorin, Kwara State on December 20, is scheduled to take place at the premises of the Nigerian Television Authority Channel 9, Fate Road, Ilorin.
“While that of Kaduna State is coming up on December 22, is scheduled to take place at the premises of the Pinnacle Broadcast Limited, No. 7, Rabah Road, GRA, Kaduna.”
Jimada said that the Director-General of NBC, Malam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, assured that the switch-on would provide a mixture of local, regional and national television channels on the Free TV bouquet.
The D-G said the choice of one state from each geo-political zone for the phased timetable of the switchover was deliberate to sustain the momentum.
Kawu said: “Our goal is to enable the evolution of a digital television ecosystem that not only transforms television and broadcasting in general but to help bridge the digital divide, create jobs and grow our national economy.”
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for their support for the commission in its efforts to discharge its statutory responsibility.
Kawu also thanked all stakeholders for their support in the arduous journey, and appealed for their cooperation as the NBC had done all within its means to successfully take Nigerian broadcasting onto the digital ecosystem.