The switch-over from analog to digital broadcasting in Nigeria will create 10,000 jobs for Nigerian technicians, and 5,000 for engineers, the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, has said.
Mr. Mohammed said when the switch-over is implemented, it would allow for a better transmission of programmes, and also afford the country the opportunity to have up to 30 national digital television stations.
Mr. Mohammed said there were only four national stations in Nigeria for now.
The minister, who disclosed this on Friday during a visit to the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, regretted that Nigeria missed the earlier deadline for the switch-over.
He said the federal government was working toward meeting the June 17, 2016 deadline.
“We will ensure that the digital switch-over programme was a reality,” he said.
The minister commended Governor Lalong for restoring peace in the state.
The governor, in his response, thanked the federal government for commencing the digitisation programme in Plateau state, and pledged his support for it.
The minister visited federal information establishments in the state.