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ECOWAS Sets June 2017 Deadline For Digital Transition

Posted: Jul 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have chosen June 2017 as the new deadline for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the sub-region.

Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Emeka Mba, disclosed this in an interview with the Voice of Nigeria in Abuja, at the weekend. He said the new date was fixed at the meeting of the regional body for broadcasting in Ghana.

“We have met at the ECOWAS level and announced a new date of June 2017 as the deadline for ECOWAS member countries,” he said.

Mba said that Nigeria’s failure to meet the deadline, which was earlier set for June 17, 2015, would not affect the country’s broadcast signals as most of the countries in the region did not also meet the International Telecommunication Union deadline.

“Fortunately for us, we do not have the problem of interference because most African countries have not gone digital; so we are all almost in the same boat so for us interference is not the major issue at this time” he explained.

Mba attributed Nigeria’s failure to meet the deadline to lack of funds, but was optimistic that the agency would raise funds soon to enable it meet the new deadline.

“The major challenge has been that of funding; we could not get enough funds to mobilise and do some of the things that were critical, however, we are now looking at other sources of funding to push this forward; thankfully we have a new government.

“We are confident that the new digital platform that we have all really worked hard to put in place will be launched on November 1 this year, and even before then we are hoping  President Muhammadu Buhari will launch the new digital mascot and we go further from there.” he said.