The Director-General,
National Broadcasting
Commission, NBC, Mr.
Emeka Mba, said funding is
a challenge that has militated
against the successful
digitisation process of
analogue televisions stations
in Nigeria.
Mba, during the week
however said the commission
had achieved some level of
successes to switch Nigeria
from analogue to digital
broadcasting, but lacks the
necessary funds to execute
the project.
The DG, who gave an
overview of the country’s
digital switchover plan, said
NBC would not switch the
country from analogue to
digital by June 17, 2015, as
mandated by the International
Telecoms Union, ITU, for lack
of adequate preparation,
occasioned by funds
“Any attempt to
automatically switchover to
digital broadcasting by June
17, the country will not only
create signal interference
challenge for neighbouring
countries, but will also
cut off access to television
contents to over 80 over cent
of Nigerians, and we are
not prepared to create such
challenge for Nigerians,”
Mba said.
though there are
implications for not switching
over, which include sanction
from ITU, should Nigeria
continue with analogue
television streaming after
June 17, Mba however said
NBC was aware of such
implications, but explained
that the NBC had held
meetings with the Economic
Communities for West
African States, ECOWAS, and
the ITU, where it unveiled
the contingency plans it has
put in place to deal with the
signal interference issue.
He further explained that
the commission and some
government delegates would
be having another meeting
with ITU next week, to ask
for a possible shift in date,
since the June 17 deadline
is no longer achievable. He
said that the commission
was seriously working
towards achieving the June
17 deadline switch-over of
broadcast stations in Nigeria.
“Our biggest challenge
around digitisation has
always been around funding
because we have done a lot
of planning with the digital
contact team.
“A lot of technical plannings
have been done and some of
these things have to do with
“It is no longer a question
of intellect but a question of
Mba said that 78 per cent
of Nigerians were still using
the analogue television and
urged stakeholders in the
broadcast industry to support
the digitisation process.
On her part, the Minister
of Information, Mrs. Patricia
Akwashiki, encouraged
the management of NBC to
diversify revenue generating
sources of the commission.
Akwashiki said that it was
important for agencies of
government to intensify effort
at generating revenue, instead
of waiting for allocation from
the Federal Government.
She underscored the Federal
Government`s determination
to ensure the digitisation
of broadcast stations in the

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