FG to create digital access fund from TV licence fees


Malam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, director
general of the National Broadcasting
Commission (NBC), has said his agency will
create a Digital Access Fund where N1000
annual TV licence fee paid by each TV owners
will be deposited.

Kawu who spoke recently at the official
launch of the Digital Switch Over in Abuja,
said the fund would be used to help content
developers in the industry.

According to him the Digital Switch Over
would help deepen the democratic process in
Nigeria and access freedom of information
and feedback.

He also said the NBC would engage the
Nigerian Governors Forum in the next phase
of digitisation process.
After Abuja, he said, the next port of call of
the DSO would be six states in each of the six
geopolitical zones.

He said it had been projected that over one
million direct and indirect jobs would be
created after Nigeria completed its DSO in
June, 2017.

With the official switch on digital
broadcasting in Abuja, analogue TV owners
who have not purchased the Set-Top-Boxes
will still be able to watch TV till June 2017
when the analogue broadcasting would be
switched off in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari who officially
launched the Digital Switch Over in Abuja
yesterday, said Nigeria now stood at the
threshold of massive job creation with the
launching of Digital Switch Over.

Buhari, who was represented by Vice
President Yemi Osinbajo, said the
digitalisation of the country’s broadcasting
industry couldn’t have come at a better time
when the country’s economy needed a
lifeline. 


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