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  • September 3, 2016
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“One thing I can tell you about Mallam Modibbo is that, he is very humble, highly principled, very cerebral and very committed to whatever cause he has chosen at any point in time. He is a Nigerian to the core, completely detribalised. Believe me, in him you have an ally that you can work with.”

Governor Kashim Shettima, the Executive Governor of Borno State, made this statement when he paid a visit to the National Broadcasting Commission, Headquarters Office in Abuja.

He traced his friendship with the Director General, Mall. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, to several years back and stated that he was in the Commission to celebrate with him on his appointment as the DG, NBC.

Gov. Shettima pointed out that it was the coming of the DG that exposed him to the intricacies and nuances of digitization. He promised to meet up with the demands of the process, as it concerns, Borno state-owned Broadcasting Stations. The Governor explained that he has raised the standard of operations of the State broadcasting stations since his assumption of office.

“Radio Bornu, today, has the widest coverage in Nigeria. Mall. Modibbo, started as a radio broadcaster before coming into the print media. He is in a better position to tell you the strength of Radio Borno. We want to go the whole hog of extending the same gesture to the television component of the state broadcasting media.”  

He thanked the DG, and Management for the warm reception accorded him and his team.

In welcoming Gov. Shettima to the Commission, the DG informed him that the Maiduguri Zonal Office of the NBC had been temporarily moved to Gombe due to the insurgency in the Maiduguri axis but promised to relocate the Zonal office back to Maiduguri, its original location. He promised to that his first visit to Maiduguri as DG NBC would be to re-open the Maiduguri Office.

The DG, briefed the Governor on the progress so far made on the digitization process in Nigeria and noted that the major task before the Commission was to mid-wife the transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting. He stated further that it was mandatory for all countries in the world to switch over by June 2017, following the ITU agreement. “Nigeria cannot be left behind,” he stressed.

The DG explained to the Governor that a pilot switch-on was done in Jos, Plateau state in April 2016 where some TV house-holds were given Set-Top-Boxes, which has enabled them to be able to watch up to 30 channels free. This, he said, will be replicated across Nigeria, as the process continued.

“We are going to have a process where we will have National Channels, Regional Channels, and then Local Channels.”

“We have discovered also that most people do not really understand this process. It is really going to change the face of television broadcasting in our country, because we are going to have a lot of inter-activeness.”

The DG also noted that the transition would give Government the opportunity to post messages to people much easier. He explained the opportunities the transition would give to parents to control what their children can watch, including the electronic programme guides.

“A lot of young people who are very creative around Nigeria can put to practice all that they know, in terms of creativity as cameramen, as script writers, as directors, and producers. So the opportunities would be limitless,” the DG stated.

Mall. Kawu explained the decision to choose Abuja for the next stage of the transition. He pointed out that Abuja, being the centre of Nigeria, in terms of power, politics, and people coming into the territory from different places provides the greatest opportunity for decision makers to understand, fully, the process, key into it, and give the necessary support, because, “It is going to have a lot of financial implications.”

The DG expressed his appreciation to his Excellency for the visit - the first by any Governor since he assumed office as DG.

The Governor was accompanied to the Commission’s headquarters by Engineer Ibrahim M. Ali, Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Senator Baba Kaka Bashi, Bornu Central, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Mongunu, Abdulkadir Ayuba, and top functionaries of the Borno state government.


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