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Digital Switch Over, DSO Roll, And It’s Success Story. By Abubakar Yusuf

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As Lagos went agog with the rolled out of Digital Switch Over DSO by the National Broadcasting Commission NBC,the event was not left out with it’s usual fanfare and large attendance from stakeholders both within and outside the shores of Nigeria, Lagos state government and retinue of federal government representatives.

The reality of the new Digital revolution powered by the NBC in the high brow city of Lagos that served as both the commercial and economic capital of Nigeria was the obvious, as the rolled out by NBC has signified a major breakthrough in the labour market amd employment explosion at this critical time of the Nation’s developement.

This is beyond providing Free TV to ordinary homes and Nigerians,but geared towards technological advancement to bridge th gap of activities between developing countries like Nigeria, and the developed world in all ramifications.

The esctasy and excitement that greeted the ceremony from both indigenous and foreign investors who had keyed into the switch on with the availability of the technical know how, will ensured a smooth transition from analogue Lagos to Digital platform was a conviction that another chapter of gainful employment/engagement opportunities had opened up in Nigeria, to contend both with the economic,social,health and other numerous challenges bedivilling Nigeria in the current dispensation.

Aside encouraging local content production and initiatives,the rush from the technical partners for Digital advancement was only witnessed about two decades away, in the early days of the invention of the global satellite mobile phones GSM,that attracted alot of investors both within and outside the shores of Nigeria,which assisted in no small measure the diversification of Nigeria economy from non oil sector with immeasurable benefits.

The Digital transition of the cosmopolitan Lagos State came with alot of enthusiasm especially coming at a time when the state is getting over the civil unrest and health crises of COVID-19 that had stalled the process of development and advancement of the state, Nigeria at large compounded by the debilitating Endsars protests hijacked by hoodlums.

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The Lagos switch on will create job opportunities to the teeming lagosians,Nigerians both in small,medium, technical and highly placed jobs that will be available and capable of reducing to the barest minimum civil unrest,curb unemployment rates, social stratification, securtiy and create room for gainful engagements that will discourage idleness and indolence.

As the nerve of media and creative activities,the transition and launch will be a departure that will herald the multiple activities not only in the media industry,but also the creative industry that is one of the stable of Lagos economy.

The promotion of local content in the Digital turn around that attracted 13 indigenous and asemblage of companies, 140 Digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels cutting across national local,regional channels are expected to create jobs at all levels both in technical,small scale and large scale transaction.

This will be in addition to engaging intital 650,000 jobs in the Television ,Creative industries and others, and to also bring on board over 1 Million permanent jobs to ordinary Nigerians in a palpable world economies in the next two years only in Lagos, Nigeria at large.

The digitisation and industrialization of Nigeria by NBC at this point in time is capable of producing over 20 Million Set Top Boxes(STB’s), through local and indigenous manufacturers with lagos alone acquiring 5 Million boxes in the next six months.

It is also a breakthrough in both technological revolution that will drive the Nigeria economy and by extension attract more investors into the country,as well as restore confidence of the international communities to the advancement of the global technical know how, with Nigeria not an exception.

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With the new digitisation in Lagos and other parts of the country,it is capable of bridging the gap of access to over 30 television programs at the initial stage, subsequently to 60 at its peak, aside access to many stations, create a seamless status between the rich and the poor homes.

Apart from opening up job placement/ opportunities to many Nigerians that is capable of dousing the rising problems of unemployment, ensured social securityit will also serve as non- oil generating revenue outlet, that will rake in hundreds of billions of naira both in local and foreign curencies.

The availability and the affordability of the STB’s on a terrestrial plaform that will compete favourably with the international standards in line with the ITU template, will attract Nigerians to relive their confidence in the new technology.

This will be enabled and encouraged by the enabling legislation and amedmemt to the NBC act, as promised by both lower and the upper legislative houses to promote accelerated Digital Switch On DSO to all parts of Nigeria.

Overwhelmed by the occassion of the day, The Minister of information and Culture assured Nigerians of a more viewing outlets both in quality, quantity and channels.

‘The promised of the transition from analogue to Digital Switch Over DSO being carrieded by NBC is irrevocable and geared towards a Digital economy.’

CThe 60 Channels connection in Lagos was an epoch making event,as Lagos remained the hub of technological developement through job creation.’

‘The opening of broadcast market to a high level competition between the pay and free TV, developed through the Digital Switch On will be more economical to Nigerians, particularly at this critical economic situation as the free TV provide once in a year subscription unlike the pay TV.’

‘The promotion of local content,views and access to International exposure through DSO, was a major milestone created by the NBC Management.’

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‘The provision of initial 1 Million Set Top Boxes (STB’s) in Lagos by the producers will encourage Nigerians to key into the new technology as it move gradually to other parts of the country. ‘ The information Minster muttered.

Hence, Lagos State Government expressed gratitude to the launch as it’s capable of generating more revenue,data collection and employment opportunities for all categories of unemployed youths and artisans in Lagos State, Nigeria at large.

According to the Governor,with Digital Lagos,will assist the new smart city project embarked upon by the state government and will be stimulated and become a veritable tool for other states to transit to a Digital platform and economy.

With Lagos already on,and it’s economic,political and social potentials,Kano and River state, Port-Harcourt will play a more greater roles that will sustain the Nigeria new Digital environment and economy in a row.

This is coming at a time the maiden launch in Jos, Plateau state,Kwara,Kaduna,Abuja and Osun state had witnessed accelerated growth in acceptance and usage,as the NBC is determined to move round the country between now and 2022 to boost harvest of revenue amidst dwindling world economic crunch.

In his words ,the Ag Director General National Broadcasting Commission NBC Professor Armstrong Aduku Augustine Idachaba said :

‘ The DTT free project by the Nigerian government is one that is home grown, unique in its philosopyical under pinning, which has the development of our indigenous culture and tradition, and the empowerment of the mass population of our country as a core value proposition. Our home manufactured Set Top Box is a melting point and convergence point of our collective heritage.”

This positive developement through DSO had genuinely opened up another chapter of advancement of Nigeria’s economic,social, infrastructural and political developement to compete favourably with other foreign economies.

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Big wahala dey for Niger State oo! Resident raises SOS alarm over Fulani terrorists’ invasion

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A resident of Niger State, whom we will simply refer to as “Malam Usman”, has raised a “Save Our Souls” alarm over Fulani terrorists’ invasion of the state’s towns and villages in the state.

The SOS was delivered by Malam Usman to ElombahNews through voice and text messages and subsequent telephone conversations.

In the text message, he wrote:

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“Big wahala dey for Niger State oo!

“The day before they sacked Gulbin Boka, yesterday Shadadi, today Bangi.

“By the time they are done with villages, towns will follow.

“The next step will be kidnapping while traveling from one location to another.”

According to sources within the state, the places mentioned above – Gulbin Boka, Shadadi and Bangi – are middle class towns within the state.

According to telephone conversations held with Malam Usman, who spoke in Hausa language, the bandits arrived his village, one of the three mentioned above, with about one hundred and eighty motorcycles, each one carrying a rider with two passengers.

The marauding band struck last week, robbed the whole town and set shops ablaze, after which they

left.

The whole operation lasted hours as it started early hours of the morning and continued till around 01:00PM.

Meanwhile, while the attack lasted, there was no security agent in sight!

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The distraught villagers ran helter-skelter into surrounding bushes, while the advantaged ones flew to other towns and villages the bandits are yet to attack.

Malam Usman begged the federal and state governments to authorise  residents to buy and possess gun to enable them defend themselves against the bandits.

This, he said, is because government agencies have proved futile in protecting them, while others are suspected to even connive with them to perpetrate mayhem.

Meanwhile, recently the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello also raised alarm that Boko Haram terrorists have captured some towns and villages in the state and have hoisted their flags in the captured areas.

Presently, several elites from Northern parts of Nigeria have severely condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the worsening insecurity in the region.

One such heavy critic is a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi.

Sheikh Gumi said that the bloodshed and killings in President Buhari’s government is devastating and by far more than that of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

He called for Buhari’s resignation, blaming him for bloodshed and saying he is full of mistakes.

Speaking in a recorded video, he also apologized to former President Jonathan, saying the former president was a better president than Buhari, whom he referred to as a tribalist and a segregationist.

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a senior Army officer in the Nigeria Army Headquarters in Abuja, who confirmed the development.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, as he is not the Army spokesman, he said that the Department of State Security (DSS) has updated the Headquarters about the development and that efforts are in place to restore order in the affected areas.

 

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Donald Trump Launches New Communication Platform After Being Banned On Twitter

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Former US President, Mr. Donald Trump has launched a new “communications” website, which says it will publish content “straight from the desk” of the former US president.

Mr Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and YouTube after the Capitol riots in January.

The former president has since been releasing statements by press release – which the new website will now host.

Users will be able to like posts – and also share them on Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“It is a blog,” Kara Swisher, technology columnist for the New York Times told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I was like ‘2002 is calling and it wants its blog back…’

“I don’t know what the overall plan is because he does have some very sharp digital advisers.

It is just the beginning of his attempts to try to re-establish a louder ability to participate in digital media.”

 

The move comes a day before a decision is due from Facebook’s Oversight Board on whether to permanently ban Mr Trump.

Mr Trump’s senior adviser, Jason Miller, had previously said a new social media platform was to be launched. “This new platform is going to be big,” he said in March.

But Mr Miller tweeted on Tuesday that the new website was not the social media platform he had previously hyped.

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“We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future,” he said.

The website is reportedly built by Campaign Nucleus, a digital services company created by Mr Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Several posts on the site repeat debunked claims that last year’s presidential election was rigged.

Facebook’s Oversight Board will announce its decision on whether Mr Trump is to be permanently banned from the platform on 09:00 EST (14:00 BST).

If he is allowed back on to the site, Facebook will have seven days to reactivate his account.

YouTube has said they will reactivate Mr Trump’s account when the threat of “real-world violence” reduces.

Twitter, where Mr Trump had 88 million followers, has banned him permanently.

A Twitter spokesperson told the BBC: “Generally, sharing content from the website referenced is permitted as long as the material does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules”.

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Breaking: Presidency Set to Sack NNPC GMD Mele Kyari

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Discreet information availed LeadingReporters has hinted that the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Mele Kyari may not spend a day longer in NNPC as the GMD from July, 2021, a source, who is in the know has intimated.


The source who wants to remain anonymous said that the Presidency is already scouting for Kyari’s replacement.

The actual reason for the sudden decision to sack the GMD was not given as at the time of this report, but information obtained by LeadingReporters points to various allegations of sharp practices and the GMD’s inability to strike a workable solution to Nigeria’s fuel crises as it relates to subsidy removal.

Another source said that Kyari has made NNPC and its subsidiaries his personal empire, running it as it pleases some of the associates of the President, serving his allies and associates without regards for laid down rules and procedures.

All attempts to reach the GMD NNPC for his comment were unsuccessful as his number known to this platform was switched off as at the time of filing this report.

 

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