News From MDA'S

Minister Challenges Set Top Box Manufacturers: Give Us A Multi-Purpose TV

94

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has challenged the manufacturers of Set Top Boxes/Decoders in the country to produce a multi-purpose television set that will help in transforming the TV experience of Nigerians.

The Minister spoke in Calabar on Thursday when he commissioned the ultra-modern Digital Set Top Box manufacturing plant, owned by the Gospell Digital Technology.

He said the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country is aimed at giving Nigerians a total television viewing experience that will transform their lives and change TV viewing forever.

”I have continued to reiterate, and the quality of the service we launched goes to confirm, that our objective is not to just move Nigerians from analogue to digital in a simple technical sense, but to improve the viewing experience and give them increased variety of channels and services.

”The average home today – in order to have access to the various types of entertainment – will require a television, a Set Top Box and a VCD/DVD player. This era is about to end. I am challenging the industry to move to one device in the home – the television. Give us a TV with a built-in decoder and the requisite middle-ware inside it, being able to access Nollywood releases with or without the internet, and with a remote control that can convert the TV into a computer.

”And please not for the rich, but for every Nigerian home. With that we will have succeeded in the reduction of the cost of access to television, information and education,” he said.

The Minister hailed Gospell Digital Technology for building the country’s largest electronic manufacturing and assembly plant, saying the investors and the managers of the manufacturing plant have exhibited absolute confidence, ”first in the future and economy prosperity of our beloved country, and of course in the Digital Switch Over (DSO) programme.

The plant, situated in the Calabar Export Free Trade Zone, has the capacity to produce 2.4 million Set Top Boxes annually, and has already provided 500 jobs.

”Going by its achievements in so short a time, the company’s vision of becoming the leading manufacturer of household electronic video, home entertainment and electrical appliances in Africa is very much within its reach,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

Also present at the commissioning were the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information, Senator Suleiman Adokwe; Senator Shehu Sani, Senator Samuel Anyanwu; Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mala, Is’haq Modibo Kawu

 

Leave a comment

Related Articles

FG appoints management team for Nigeria Education Loans Fund

The Nigeria Education Loans Fund, an initiative of President Bola Tinubu took...

Subsidy removal: FG, 36 states, 779 LGs shared jumbo N10.14trn in 2023, says NEITI

The three tiers of government – Federal, state, and local governments –...

Tinubu Appoints FCT Civil Service Commission Chair, 10 Permanent Secretaries

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointments of the Head of the...

Alleged N178bln debt: Reps dismiss petition against NPA, laud Bello-Koko, NPA 

A petition alleging that Mr. Bello Koko, the Managing Director of the...

$800m rehabilitation funds for Nigerian ports almost ready – FG

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has said...

Presidential Villa, EFCC, FIRS, 83 other MDAs risk total blackout over N47.1bln electricity debt

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) has threatened to disconnect the electricity...

FG appoints CEOs, board chairpersons for NAFDAC, NCDC, PCN, others

In furtherance of his determination to bring world class standards to the...

FCTA Disburses N4.8bln to Six Area Councils, Other Stakeholders

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed N4.8 billion to the...

Salary arrears: FCTA approves N7bln for primary school teachers

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has approved N7 billion...

Kidnappings in FCT: Tinubu approves immediate purchase of digital tracking equipment

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Nyesom Wike, says...

Trade facilitation: Lekki Deep Sea Port berths largest container vessel on Nigerian waters

In its determination and commitment to notch up trade facilitation, the Nigerian...

NCC halts plan to bar Glo subscribers from calling MTN lines

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has backtracked on its plan to bar...

FCT minister directs security agencies to rid Abuja of street light vandals

Amid rising insecurity in Nigeria’s seat of power, the Minister of the...

Tinubu announces Executive Director, Governing Council for Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund

President Bola Tinubu has appointed an Executive Director and a Governing Council...

Tinubu sacks FCCPC, BPE CEOs

President Bola Tinubu has dismissed the Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of the Federal Competition...

Pres. Tinubu appoints Executive Directors for NPA, NIMASA

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointments of new Executive Directors for...

Financial impropriety: Pres. Tinubu suspends Ms Halima Sheu, CEO of NSIA, barely three months in office

Barely three months in office, Ms Halima Shehu, the Chief Executive Officer...

FCTA to demolish 200 houses for presidential fleet

In a bid to pave way for the Presidential Fleet, the Federal...

Telephone lines without NIN are to be barred by April 2024 – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed telecom operators in Nigeria, including...