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Nigeria welcomes China’s support for Digital Switch Over project

By News Express on 06/07/2016

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has welcomed China’s decision to support Nigeria in its quest to actualise the transition from Analogue to Digital broadcasting.

The minister was responding to comments by the Vice-President of the StarTimes Group of China, Ms. Zhao Yueqin, who led a delegation of the company on a courtesy visit to the Minister in his office in Abuja on Monday.

He said Nigeria is irrevocably committed to meeting the June 2017 Digital Switch Over deadline in order to protect broadcast signals from interference and also to unlock the creative potentials of Nigerians in technology and content development.

“The process of digitalisation is unstoppable and irreversible; it’s not a matter of choice. If we do not follow the world to digitalise and meet the June 2017 target, it means that our telephones, televisions and radios will not be free from interference. As a matter of fact, planet earth today does not know the extent of the dividends of digitalisation and how far it will go.

“Digitalisation is going to affect the way we perceive and understand broadcasting. It will act as a catalyst to unleash the creative potentials of our youths. It will also provide the panacea to piracy. It will create so much possibility that will enable Africa leapfrog and join the next generation of technology,” Alhaji Mohammed said

He said his ministry will also borrow a leaf from China, particularly in the area of national re-orientation, having realised that Chinese economic boom and development were underpinned by the discipline of its citizens, their patriotism and dedication.

“This ministry is going to start a campaign very soon to promote national rebirth and value re-orientation, because unless we change our ways and we are able to bring back discipline, integrity and values, the change we are talking about will not take place,” the minister said.

Alhaji Mohammed, who expressed delight that the strategic partnership between Nigeria and China is waxing stronger in various sectors, said the trade volume between the two countries had jumped from $6.9 billion in 2009 to over $14 billion in 2015.

The minister however stressed the need to correct the trade imbalance between the two countries by encouraging Chinese investors to set up factories in labour-intensive sectors in Nigeria and also canvassed for the abolition of the 5% tax levied on agricultural products entering China from Nigeria.

In her remarks earlier, the Vice-President of the StarTimes Group, Ms. Zhao, expressed China’s willingness to assist Nigeria to realise the Digital Switch Over.

She stated the commitment of China to ensuring that every household in Nigeria has access to digital television signals.

•Photo shows, from left; CEO NTA-StarTimes, Jack Liu, Vice-President of

the StarTimes Group of China, Ms. Zhao Yueqin, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Director Project Financing, Xu Yu, Managing Director NTA Enterprises, Mr. Maxwell Loko, and the Director Project Management, Joshua Wang, when the management of StarTimes paid a courtesy call on the Minister in Abuja on Monday.

Source News Express

Posted 06/07/2016 2:52:11 PM


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