The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that soon Nigerians wlll be watching a minimum of 30 channels on their television free of charge through free to air.
He said this when he paid a courtesy visit on the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba in Jos on Friday, saying that the Federal Government is making adequate arrangement to digitise the broadcast industry.
The minister said, “When the country go digital, every Nigerian will be able to view many channels free with better quality.
According to him, digitisation of the broadcast industry will revolutionise the broadcast media industry and boost the nation’s economy.
The project, which is due for 2017 when the country will be expected to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, Mohammed said will provide more jobs for both skilled and unskilled labour.
“This project is going to bring a revolution not just to communication and media industry in terms of television, advertising, content producing and film making.
“But it is going to change the economy in a manner that has never been seen before.
“Over 5, 000 direct jobs for engineers, another 15, 000 for technicians, hundreds of thousands of jobs for people who will become retailers and vendors in all the local governments of the federation," the minister said.
Mohammed said that the choice of Jos for the pilot scheme of the digitisation, which had April as deadline was significant in many aspects.
“Jos was chosen because historically, Jos has always been number one cosmopolitan city in the country and because Jos was where historically the colour television was first aired in Nigeria.
“Jos is one city that has a confluence of regional, national network and also private channels and that is why we are starting our pilot scheme in Jos in April.
“We have 15 channels for the pilot scheme programme.