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FG Launches Ministerial Task Force on Digital Switch

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The Federal Government has launched a 14-member Ministerial Task Force on the Digital Switch Over (DSO) rollout across the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at the inauguration of the committee on Tuesday in Abuja as this is the third year that FG last launched the DSO in any state, which was in Osun State on February 23, 2018.

 “As you may be aware, gentlemen, the Federal Executive Council has recently approved the outstanding payments to key stakeholders in the DSO, thus removing what has constituted a roadblock to the entire process in the past three years,” Lai Mohammed said.

 “We launched the pilot programme in Jos, Plateau State, on April 30th 2016, followed by Abuja on Dec. 22nd 2016, then Ilorin, Kwara State, on Dec. 20th 2017; Kaduna two days later on Dec. 22nd 2017, Enugu on Feb. 12th 2018 and finally, as I said earlier, Osogbo on Feb. 23rd 2018,” he disclosed.

“We have studied the trend and it is clear that we have to reduce government involvement in the DSO ecosystem and allow the private sector to take the lead, on purely commercial terms.

“We have studied the trend and it is clear that we have to reduce government involvement in the DSO ecosystem and allow the private sector to take the lead, on purely commercial terms.

“In order to begin the commercialization of the DSO, we need to create a structure and an ecosystem that is self-sufficient, self-reliant and able to generate revenue which will drive strategic growth in key areas,” he said.

The members of the Ministerial Task Force on the Digital Switch Over (DSO) and the organisations they represent are as follows:

1. Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Chairman);

2. Prof. Armstrong Idachaba (National Broadcasting Commission)

3. Engineer Edward Amana (Digiteam);

4. Dr. Tunde Adegbola (Digiteam);

5. Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim (Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria);

6. Engineer Sadeeq Musa (ITS);

7. Mr. Godfrey Ohuabunwa (Set-Top-Box Manufacturers); who is also standing in for the BON Chair

8. Dr. Lekan Fadolapo (APCON);

9 Ms. Aisha Shehu Omar (Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning);

10. Mr J. O. Attah (Nigeria Customs Service); represented here by Mr Dalhatu

11. Mr. Nnanna Ibom (Federal Ministry of Information and Culture);

12. Engineer Olusegun Yakubu (Pinnacle Communications);

13) Mr. Toyin Subair (Inview)

14) And Mr. Joe Mutah (Federal Ministry of Information and Culture) who will serve as Secretary.

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