STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL DIGITAL SWITCHOVER – DG, NBC
- December 5, 2015
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In a concerted effort to establish a working relationship and seek cooperation with other regulatory agencies in Nigeria, the Director General, National Broadcasting Commission - Mr. Emeka Mba and some members of Management of the Commission paid a visit to the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). They were received by the DG, NOTAP - Dr. Dan Azumi Ibrahim and his Management team.
Mr. Mba expressed delight for the warm reception accorded him and his team, and noted that strategic partnership with relevant agencies was key to the success of the digital switchover. He revealed that the visit was prompted by the need for stakeholders to synergise as Nigeria gravitates towards the digital switchover. He said, “After a review of all the government agencies and stakeholder groups we see as critical in making sure that we succeed in this digital transition, NOTAP was identified because for digital, which requires technology, and careful planning and execution, NOTAP is strategically placed to offer advice.”
He pointed out that the visit was to afford the two agencies, explore ways of infusing local technological potentials into the process and for NOTAP to offer advice when needed. This, he explained, would eliminate areas of conflict.
The Director General noted that the immediate action steps in this regards was inter-agency collaboration on the DSO; setting up of an inter-agency committee to identify areas of collaboration; and signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Mr. Mba stressed that these efforts, combined with the deliberate steps taken by the Commission, would see Nigeria lay the foundations to being a world leading digital economy.
He, afterwards, gave a presentation on ‘The Vision of the future of Television’, and expressed NBC’s vision for Television in Nigeria. The presentation showed what the Commission had done; what it was doing at the moment; and what it is primed to do, setting out trends that would shape television.
Dr. Ibrahim applauded Mr. Mba and commended the Commission for the foresight to compel companies to manufacture Set-Top-Boxes locally. This, he noted would create employment and enhance technological transfer.
He outlined the mandates of NOTAP and promised that the organization would do its best to assist the Commission in making the DSO project a reality, “Because you are bringing in investment into the country, you are gradually going to transfer technology into this country.” He assured that the technical staff of NOTAP would do their best to support the Commission in identifying suitable technologies before an agreement was entered into for its acquisition.
“Before you sign any agreement, bring it to NOTAP. For a token fee, the officers would look at it and advise you, accordingly. This will shorten the time to receive certificate of the registration. We would need to inspect the site and be sure that the property exists. We would help monitor to ensure that the terms of the agreement are met before the company goes into operation.”
Speaking further, Dr. Ibrahim stated that, “Before the factory for the production of Set-Top-Boxes is set up, the Commission, in conjunction with NOTAP and other relevant agencies, should scout for smart engineers that could understudy the operations of the companies and assimilate the technology.”
Concluding, he advised that all regulators should come together, to ensure that the country was not surcharged. “It is this that would ensure a good future for our children,” he added.
The visit ended with exchanges of gifts and a group photograph.
STORY BY: Antia Ekanem