By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project will serve as a catalyst to Nigerian content and create more jobs in the broadcast industry.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday, the acting director-general, NBC, Prof. Idachaba Armstrong said unlike the analogue era when there were few channels, the DSO project will create a boost for the local content as there will be a pluralism of channels and a lot of diversification.
Idachaba said young people with creative ideas will have the avenue to put their contents together and give it expression.
On the allegation that Ministerial Task Force is usurping Digiteam’s role, he said the government white paper on digital transition clearly stated that at every stage every level of the transition both the NBC, Digiteam must offer periodic reports to the minister.
He said this means the minister sits on top of the architecture of the entire transition.
Speaking further, on the project he said content creators “will also be able to commodify it to make some profits. In Nigeria, we have a huge population of young creative minds and a pool of people who are looking for opportunities to unleash their potentials. The DSO will provide this platform.
“As part of the direct strategy of the DSO, there is what we called the Content Development Fund. The government in its wisdom has created this with the idea that whoever is going to have access to the digital platform, will pay a little token between N500 to N1000 as a digital access fee, it is not a subscription and it is one-off.”
He stated that NBC is a professionally run agency whose responsibility includes monitoring contents and ensuring that the rules are adhered to.