During a stakeholders’ meeting on Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Lagos, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, addressed the audiences on the DSO project’s employment potential.
In his address, Mohammed highlighted how the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture had placed a priority stamp on the DSO project due to its potential to create jobs and the ability it holds in bringing governance closer to the people by creating better access to information. He added that this project would bring the internet to millions of homes and provide high-quality programming, primarily locally produced programmes to 24 million households in Nigeria.
The DSO will stimulate local content and empower platform owners, he added. The manufacturing of decoders is capable of creating between 40 and 50 thousand jobs. TV production can produce 200 000 jobs whilst film production can generate between 350 000 and 400 000 jobs. Under the distribution umbrella, 100 000 wholesalers, retailers, installers and marketers, to name a few, may be required to cover the entire country. TV and online advertising can create a further 50 000 jobs.
Drawing attention to the current progress, Mohammed said the programme had gone live in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and launched in Jos, Plateau State on 30 April 2016.
Since the previous launches, the programme has gone live in Osun, Enugu, Kaduna, and Kwara. The Minister affirmed that the DSO team is scurrying to ensure that all the remaining 31 states go live.
The upcoming DSO rollout dates are Lagos State on 29 April 2021, Kano on 3 June 2021, and Rivers on 8 July 2021. Yobe State will follow on 15 July 2021, and the Gombe States on 12 August 2021.