In Niger Govt spends N600M on broadcast digitisation

The Commissioner for Information in Niger State has revealed that the state government spent N600million on broadcast digitisation.

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Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.

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The Niger Government spent about N600 million on the procurement of modern facilities in its effort to transfer from analogue to digital broadcasting for the state television and radio stations.

Mr Jonathan Vatsa, Commissioner for Information, announced this shortly after conducting media practitioners round two state broadcasting outfits on Monday.

Vatsa said that so far, all facilities needed had been on ground ready for installation and for commencement of test transmission by early January 2017.

He explained that arrangements had been completed to send four engineers to Italy for training on how to effectively handle the new digital equipment.

By next week, our officials will be traveling to Italy for the training to meet up the digitisation deadline of June 2017,”  Vatsa said.

He also said that reporters would be re-trained to acquire more knowledge to meet the modern day practice of journalism.

Vatsa called for more support from the people and residents to enable government to implement its laudable policies and programmes. 

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