By Abubakar Salihi Bello
Kano State government will support the digital switchover project in the broadcasting industry.
Kano State Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba disclosed this while receiving the Acting Director General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office, today.
A statement by Sani Abba Yola, the
Director Special Duties of the ministry said
the commissioner described the digital switchover as the best way for broadcast media organizations in order to provide more services and higher quality signals to the viewers.
He noted that there were many challenges associated with the digital switchover but with the concerted efforts made by NBC, the challenges have now been overcome.
Malam Garba requested the NBC to ensure that all private television stations in the state are included in the project for the benefit of the people in the state.
The Commissioner explained that the state government provided the state own Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) and Radio Kano with modern equipment for improved service.
Earlier, the NBC, Acting Director General, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, stated that Nigeria’s digital transmission journey started in 2016 as pilot project in Jos, Plateau State 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 which 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 ARTV which includes digital Musk and outside production centre.