Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, Gbenga Omotoso, has said that the state will embrace the digital switchover of broadcast stations.
He made this known on Tuesday when Lagos State Government hosted a delegation from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Abuja.
The visit was part of strategies to ensure an effective launch of the digital switchover scheduled for April 29th, 2021.
He said: “We know the advantage of the digital switchover and what it means for Nigeria.
“It simply means that quality services will get to the grassroots and they will be more educated as better services will be available for everybody.”
He gave an assurance that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would embrace the digital switchover, just as the present administration has embarked on the use of technology to improve many aspects of governance as espoused in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
Sanwo-Olu’s smart city project
The Commissioner noted that in order to enhance service delivery in hospitals, schools and other establishments in Lagos State, the Sanwo-Olu led government has embarked on the Smartcity project with the first phase of laying of 3000km of fibre-optic cables across the State.
He gave an assurance that the project will aid security, communication, transportation and grow commerce in the State, pointing out that Lagos will embrace digital technology that ranks at par with international standards.
Lagos key to the success of the switchover
The Director-General of NBC Isha’q Modibbo Kawu said that the team paid a visit to Lagos State in recognition of the State as the hub of beneficiaries of the digitalisation of broadcasting services in Nigeria.
He explained that the digital switchover is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union, noting that Nigeria has agreed to stop analogue transmission by the year 2022.
Recalling that the transition programme was commenced by the Federal Government and NBC in 2016 at Jos as a pilot study, the DG said that the actual switchover is scheduled for kickoff in Lagos State next month.
Kawu maintained that NBC cannot afford to fail for any reason in its scheduled commencement of the digital switchover in Lagos, noting that all facilities have been inspected and are in good shape, ready for the takeoff.