Nige­ria wel­comes China’s sup­port for dig­i­tal switch over – Mo­hammed

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed, has wel­comed China’s de­ci­sion to sup­port Nige­ria’s ef­fort to ac­tu­al­ize the tran­si­tion from ana­logue to dig­i­tal broad­cast­ing,

The min­is­ter said Mon­day while re­spond­ing to com­ments by the Vice-Pres­i­dent of the StarTimes Group of China, Ms. Zhao Yue­qin dur­ing a cour­tesy visit in Abuja, that Nige­ria’s com­mit­ment to meet the June 2017 dead­line was ir­re­vo­ca­bly in or­der.

He as­sured that it would un­lock the cre­ative po­ten­tials of Nige­ri­ans in tech­nol­ogy and con­tent de­vel­op­ment.

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

In her re­marks ear­lier, Ms. Zhao ex­pressed China’s will­ing­ness to as­sist Nige­ria to re­al­ize the dig­i­tal switch over. She re­stated the com­mit­ment of China to en­sure that ev­ery house­hold in Nige­ria has ac­cess to dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion.

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