Ten thousand Enugu residents will receive free set-top boxes as part of the digital switchover (DSO) in the state.
The giveaway was revealed by state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during a meeting held to mark the launch of the DSO in Enugu at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) headquarters in the state.
Ugwuanyi expressed his delight at the transition and said the boxes would be given to low-income families.
“As a state, we are fully conscious of possible discomfort that economically challenged families will face when they experience disruption in accessing free-to-air television,” he said. “This, in our judgement, is the major reason the federal government has committed to produce and subsidise 10 million set-top boxes for distribution to poor households in Nigeria.
“We are keen to encourage the federal government to make good this promise so that this unique service will be available to most Nigerians, especially the rural poor.”
Also present at the launch meeting were Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, and NBC director general Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu. Mohammed urged Nigerians to support the ongoing revolution in the broadcast industry.
Enugu is the first state in Nigeria’s southern region to undergo the DSO. The switchovers in Enugu and Osun were announced by Modibbo Kawu at a DSO forum in January, when it was also revealed that Delta and Gombe would experience the transition before the first quarter of the year ends.
So far, the DSO has reached five states: Abuja, Jos, Kwara, Kaduna and Enugu. NBC plans to carry out the switch in 12 more states before 2018 ends.