The switch-over from analogue to digital television in Nigeria would create over 10,000jobs for Nigerians.
Platforms Director of a UK based company, In View Technologies, Matt Seaman, revealed this on Thursday in Abuja when he together with the Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Sheridiff, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
Seaman said the firm has been working with National Broadcasting Corporation[NBC] and Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in the last 12 months to actualise the digital switch over programme in the next few years.
He said already the installation of infrastructure for the programme has begun in Jos, Plateau State, adding that the launch of the programme would take place in few weeks time.
He further explained that the digitalisation programme would be rolled out subsequently in other parts of the country in no distant time.
Earlier, the Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Sheridiff, assured that the company would make rich and far-reaching investments in the country, noting that there are many opportunities for the two countries to explore.
He described the British-Nigerian relationships as “reliable old and new friends over many decades”, adding that the partnership has grown stronger since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Responding, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said the Federal Government was committed to achieving the digital switch-over programme in Nigeria, as it would help in the acquisition of new technologies.
Onu assured of the government’s collaboration and cooperation in the realisation of the project by June 2017.
He however urged the management of the British based firm to produce the components and equipment that would be used for digitalization in Nigeria, to create more jobs and generate wealth for the citizens in the country.
He said the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has Technology Transfer Promotion Initiative, adding that incentives would be provided for companies willing to transfer their technologies to Nigeria.
The minister further hinted that the Ministry would establish a Science and Technology Museum in 2016, as part of measures to create science and technology awareness among the youth so as to stimulate their interests in the sector.