From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano State government has reaffirmed its support to the development of digital switchover project in the broadcasting industry.
The State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba disclosed this while recieving the Acting Director General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Wednesday.
Malam Garba described the digital switchover as the best way for broadcast media organizations to provide more services and higher quality signals to the viewers, particularly, in this technology-driven era.
According to him, “there were many challenges associated with the digital switchover but with the concerted efforts made by NBC, the challenges have now been overcomed”
Malam Garba, however, urged the NBC to ensure that all private television stations in the state are included in the project for the benefit of Nigerians.
The Commissioner explained that the state government provided the state-owned Abubakar Rimi Television and Radio Kano with modern equipment for improved service.
Earlier, the Acting Director General of NBC, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, stated that Nigeria’s digital transmission journey started in 2016 as pilot project in Jos, Plateau followed by other five states.
He added that the next state for the rollout after Lagos is Kano which is the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria will be the next biggest city for the switchover project.
Prof. Armstrong said apart from the existing local TV stations in Kano, two new stations Hattara and Tamasko would soon come on air in the state.
The Director General expressed satisfaction with the modern equipment installed at Abubakar Rimi Television which includes digital Musk and outside production centre.