By Aliyu Dangida
The Kano State Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba has described Digital Switchover (DSO) as a revolution in broadcasting technology in Nigeria.
In a statement signed and made available to Hotpen by the Director Special Duties/Acting PRO of the Ministry, Sani Abba Yola, said Muhammad Garba disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a Technical Empowerment Training on Free TV Dealership, installation and Activation which as part of preparation for the Digital Switch Over launch in Kano State.
The Commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Usman Bala Muhammad said a part from economic advantages, the digital switch over would also bring communication to the door step of the most vulnerable segment of the society.
Alhaji Usman Bala urged the participants selected from the 44 local governments to use the acquired techniques and knowledge to empower themselves to become self-reliant, tasked them to train as many unemployed youths within their domain for the benefit of other members of the society.
He equally commended National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for organizing the Empowerment training in Kano State.
In his opening remarks, the Director General National Broadcasting Commission, Malam Balarabe Shehu Illela, stated that over the past decades, the commission has worked in collaboration with stakeholders to transit Nigeria from analogue to digital broadcasting for the benefit of Nigerians.
Malam Shehu Illela said the trainees will become dealers and installers of free TV in their community or organizations and are expected to train others, he thanked Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his support towards digital transformation of broadcasting.
In her remarks, Permanent Secretary, Human resource, office of the Head of Service, Hajiya Fatima Fulani Sarki, commended the NBC and the state government for organizing the Empowerment training and urged the participants to impart the acquired skills to others who would also eventually be employed for self-reliance.