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Nigeria to complete digital switchover in 2015The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Nigeria has promised to complete the digitalisation of the country’s broadcasting industry in 2015

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), NBC head of public affairs, Alhaji Awwalu Salihu, said the commission was working hard to achieve the realisation of the project.

“We are working very hard and we are assuring Nigerians that we will meet the deadline given to the commission by the Federal Government, come 2015. This will avail the country of the opportunity to meet up with its counterparts in other parts of the world that are already digitalised,” he said.

Salihu added that the commission had put everything in place to complete the project, adding that it had already started with a pilot project in Jos.

NBC has set up a project task force consisting of all the broadcasting stations and their heads in the city, according to Salihu.

“The moment we are able to switch over in Jos by the end of June, we will replicate the digitalisation across the other states of the country,” he said.

Salihu added however that the commission was facing “serious financial constraint in executing the project”.

“The challenge notwithstanding, we promise that with the meagre resources at the commission’s disposal, it will continue to do all that is needed to realise the target,” he said.

Salihu maintained that by 31 January 2015, NBC will have switched over to digital terrestrial broadcasting across the country.