The Federal Government has asked Nigerians not to rule out the possibility of achieving the digital broadcast switchover deadline of June 2017 set by the International Telecommunications Union.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, made the call on Thursday at a public hearing of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee set up to investigate the process of the planned digital switchover in Nigeria.
He stressed the need to review the business model inherited from the previous administration before the set deadline.
The Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee, Representative Sunday Katung, also emphasised the importance of the digital switchover.
However, the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and CEO, Channels Media Group, Mr. John Momoh, stressed the need to place the interest of stakeholders and that of the country first.
Mr Momoh advised that Nigeria should work towards ensuring that a good switchover transition was achieved rather than emphasizing deadlines.
Other issues discussed at the gathering include funding and the need to have a better business model backed by a good legal framework to accommodate the transition process.