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Kano to Partner Manufacturing Company for DSO Set Top Box

Usman Garba

In order to facilitate the active use of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the state, Kano state government is partnering with one of the licensed manufacturers of the Digital Set Top Box (STB) to support indigents and poor households in all the 44 local government areas for the provision of 1000 units of subsidized free STB beginning with 10,000 units for the first batch of the supply.

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced during the launch of DSO at Coronation Hall, Government House, Tuesday.

His words: “700 of the STB will be supplied to the 114 MDAs, 70 to the fifteen tertiary institutions, 1460 units for senior secondary schools, officers of public servants that include special advisers and senior special advisers while the state government will continue to mobilize for the supply of the STB in the state.”

The governor also explained that the Kano has directed the supply of the 44,000 STB to the 44 local governments areas in the state at the rate of 100 per local government, where primary health care centers, government education authority, community viewing centers, primary and basic schools as well as local government councils.

“We are also in collaboration with National Broadcast Commission to train over 100 technicians, installers and entrepreneurs who are from 44 local governments, 20 from the state government, while others are being engaged in sensitizing the citizens to fully understand what the DSO is all about.

“The flatform (STB) can be used to broadcast activities of Kano to viewers and also help advertisers to target which program and channels are being watched by the audience.”

Ganduje assured the great people of Kano that they would reap the benefits of the DSO, calling on citizens to grasp the opportunity to enjoy the digital television that has almost 60 free channels.

“The DSO project is also of great importance in the development programs of this country which also fit into the vision of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration for his policy to digitalize the economy in view of its potentials to create jobs and bring governance closer to the people of Nigeria,” he said.

“The DSO project can also be a great platform for the entertainment industry to key into by using technology to enhance their services not only for the high-definition sound and picture but also create more jobs for our teeming youths and stimulate local content.

“It will also enhance the entertainment and creative talent that are bound in our culture to be presented in the famous Kannywood Movie Industry, the equivalent of the Nollywood in the south which has come of age and imparting positively in the Hausa speaking state in the Northern Nigeria and diaspora across the globe,” he added.

He commended those who worked tirelessly to make the launch a success such as the ministerial taskforce of the DSO, the regulators, signal distributors and all stakeholders who had demonstrated total commitment in the DSO program and formation of making the event a reality.

The governor urged Federal Government to be proactive in easing the ways forward of digital content development in the country.

On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammad commended the effort of Kano state government for making the DSO project reality as well as other stakeholders in the state, including the National Broadcast Commission Personnel.

He said, “The Federal Government has seriously implemented a comprehensive nationwide process of transition from analog to digital television broadcast.”

The DSO project has been launched to several states of Nigeria and is expected to be launched in the remaining states before December.

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