FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INAUGURATE THE DIGITEAM
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Thursday, December 20, 2012, inaugurated the Digiteam, a digital committee which will drive the process of transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television transmission in Nigeria.
According to the SGF, the task before the team was a unique and an important National assignment upon which Government placed a very high premium.
He pointed out that modernisation of infrastructure and services is an integral part of President Goodluck Jonathan administration’s priorities.
He emphasize that the process for selecting the members of the DIGITEAM took cognizance of their individual capacities and contributions to the industry.
Speaking further, the SGF stated that, “this is a date we cannot afford to make any adjustment towards rescheduling. It is expected that you complete your assignment much earlier than January 2015 because we must catch up with the International requirement.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Edward Amana, thanked the Federal Government for the inauguration of the Committee, noting that it was an enormous responsibility that was being placed on the Committee. He promised that the work of the Committee on completion would change the face of broadcasting in Nigeria and usher in a new era of better quality broadcasting, nationwide. Adding that, “the resultant save in spectrum would also generate a lot of funds for government.”
He however admitted that it was not an easy task as the committee was starting work two years behind schedule and has two years to deliver. He requested for support from all stakeholders and promised to deliver on this special national assignment on schedule.
Engr. Edward Amana commended the NBC for piloting the ship for transition from analogue to Digital broadcasting.
The Digiteam is made up of:
i) Engr. Edward Amana - Chairman
ii) Barr.Efere Ozoko - Member
iii) Mr. Bruce Ayanote - “
iv) Tunde Adegbola PhD - “
v) Capt.Talba Alkali - “
vi) Engr. F.Y.N.Daudu - “
vii) ACG Umar Iya Abubakar - “
viii) Mr. Godwin Iheabunike - “
ix) Engr. Dr. Bashir Gwandu - “
x) Mr. Guy Murray Bruce - “
xi) Mr.Maxwell P.Loko - “
xii) Engr.Friday Ekwela - “
xiii) Mrs. Veronica Adeyemo - “
xiv) Dr.(Mrs) M.A. Abu - “
Those who attended the inauguration included the Minister of Communication, Mrs Omobolanle Johnson; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SGF; the Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Engr.Yomi Bolarinwa; Members of Management of the Commission; and Senior Officers in the Office of the SGF.
At the end of the inauguration, the DIGITEAM returned to its secretariat for its inaugural meeting.
The new deadline set by Nigeria for the final switchover from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting is January 1st, 2015.