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Nigeria Launches Digital Switch Over

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday launched and rolled out  Digital Switch Over (DSO) on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. The project is spearheaded by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Buhari said Nigeria is “irreversibly committed’’ to meeting the June 2017 deadline for transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

The June 17, 2017 deadline for transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting in West African countries was set by the World International Telecommunication Union Council.

Buhari, said that with DSO, the country stood at the threshold of exciting time for free TV channels, jobs creation, entertainment and commerce.

He stressed that digitization would create jobs in the area of contents, software development and production of Set Top Boxes.

The President added that digitization would provide platform for film producers and musicians to release their production directly to the platform that will substantially curb piracy.

“ As the doors open for digital transmission, what is important is that it will liberalize access to and increase the versatility of media information.

“Interactive programming, mobile reception of videos, internet and multimedia base advertising, educative programmes sales and marketing are obvious low hanging fruits,’’ he said.

The President assured that the DSO rollout would continue in the states until the entire country was covered.

He appealed to states and Local Government Councils to be actively involved in the projects because of its advantages to the people.

The President congratulated the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the managements and members of staff of NBC and the signal provider (Pinnacle Communications) for excellent performance on the Abuja switch over.

Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, the Chairman Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, said DSO would leverage for Nigerians who could not afford Pay-TV like DSTV and Startimes.

Adokwe added that with 30 free TV channels, DSO would democratise television viewing for the masses by allowing them freedom of choice from many options.

He assured that the National Assembly would continue to support the project and ensure its benefits to the masses.

His counterpart from the House of Representatives, Hon. Olusegun Odebunmi, said the commitment of government to DSO is in line with resolves to make life easy for the masses.

He said digitisation is a dividend of democracy with creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Director-General of NBC, Malam Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu, said with the launch, TV viewers in Abuja would have access to 30 free channels with bouquet of programmes on local, national and international contents.

Modibbo-Kawu said Set-Top Box, the device to be placed on each television for receiving digital signal, would be sold at a subsidised rate of N1,500 per box.

He said the box is interactive and would provide other value added services for television viewers.

Source: NAN

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  1. Remilekun

    December 24, 2016 at 12:33 am

    HmmMmmm, lai lie !!! Ironla!!!

  2. Opsey

    December 24, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hoping positively

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Singer Simi Pens Beautiful Letter To Her Daughter As She Turns 6 Months

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Simi and her daughter, Adejare

Simi and her daughter, Adejare

Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Simi has penned a beautiful letter to her daughter, Adejare as she turns 6-months-old.

November 30 marked six months since the singer and her husband, Adekunle Gold welcomed their little platter of feet. Taking to her Instagram page, Simi posted an adorable photo of her herself and her daughter along with the lovely message.

The first time mum noted that she is excited for her daughter to grow up so they can do fun stuff together.

In her words;

“My baby. My daughter. The love of my life. This feisty little chocolate princess is 6 months old today. God is so great.

You make me giddy Adejare. You changed my life and turned my Spirit inside out. Giving you life (in collaboration with God and your daddy) gave me new life, and is the most spiritual thing I ever did in all my life. You’re everything to me. I’ve never felt a love so complete and thorough and protective and jealous and unconditional. They tell you you’re gonna love your baby so much, but you don’t know how much until you love your baby.

I’m emotional because you’re growing up too fast and some days I want time to freeze, so I can soak up more of these moments, but I’m also excited for you to grow up so we can have cute, silly conversations. So we can go on mommy/daughter dates. So we can have slumber parties. So you can confide in me. So we can pray together. You’re everything I asked for, and then so much more. You complete our little family. Thank you for your gummy smiles and for all the words you think you’re saying. I hear you. I love you too much Deja. Happy half birthday

– Mommy”

Read Also: Singer Simi Laments Over Men Having More Privileges Than Women

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Actress Lilian Afegbai Pens Motivational Quotes After Buying Birkin Bag Worth $22K

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Nigerian actress and film producer, Lilian Afegbai has taken to Instagram to show off her Hermès Birkin bag worth $22K.

The ex-Big Brother Africa housemate posted a photo of the pricey bag along with the receipt to clear all doubts. Afegbai also penned some words of encouragement to her social media followers as she urged them to be patient and keep pushing.

The actress captioned her post with the words;

“There’s time for everything, I got this for my birthday but it arrived late…
I remember when I could only afford an Aldo or Zara bag…. Now I can get myself a birkin

Enjoy the process, very soon you will get everything you want. It just takes time
More to come”

Read Also: Lilian Afegbai Returns To IG After Her Mum Was Dragged For Shooting UNIBEN Student

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The actress’ post

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‘Why I’m Ready For Marriage’: BBNaija’s Leo Da Silva

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Leo Da Silva

Reality TV star, Leo Da Silva, has explained why he is ready for marriage. The former BBNaija ‘Double Wahala’ housemate took to his official Twitter page to reply a fan who came at him for saying he is ready for marriage shortly after tweeting that women should be feared.

You went from fearing women to now being ready to get married“, the Twitter user wrote.

Explaining his sudden change of heart, the 27-year-old Lagos-born entrepreneur wrote in response:

“Fear women, not fear woman.”

Read Also: ‘Women Cheat More Than Men’ – Leo Da Silva

The reality TV star has also made a case for men who demand that their potential partners be as financially capable as they are. According to him, no man wants a burden.

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