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NBC Zonal Office to be relocated back to Maiduguri

NBC Zonal Office to be relocated back to Maiduguri
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The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it is relocating its Zonal office from Gombe back to Maiduguri, its original location in Borno State.

Ishaq Modibbo Kawu Director General of the Commission said this when Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State visited the Headquarters of the broadcast industry regulatory agency in Abuja.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to the NBC chief, the decision to choose Abuja for the next stage of the transition was because Abuja is the centre of Nigeria, in terms of power and politics, and that people coming into the territory from different places provides the greatest opportunity for decision makers to fully understand the process, key into it, and give the necessary support, because, “it is going to have a lot of financial implications.”[/quote]NBC Zonal office in Maiduguri was moved Gombe due to the insurgency in the Maiduguri axis, the regulator said. The Zonal office controls and regulates broadcasting stations in the zone, comprising four states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe.

The NBC DG promised the visiting Governor that the Maiduguri Zonal Office will be relocated back to Maiduguri from Gombe noting that the re-opening will take place on his first visit to Maiduguri as DG of NBC.

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He said that progress has been made so far on the digitization process in Nigeria saddling the Commission with the task to mid-wife the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country.

According to the NBC chief, the pilot switch-on done in Jos, Plateau State in April this year saw some TV house-holds given Set-Top-Boxes that now let TV viewers in Jos be able to watch up to 30 channels free.

The Jos scheme will be replicated across Nigeria as the process continues, he said adding that “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 transition would give government the opportunity to post messages to people much easier and also let parents to control what their children can watch, including the electronic programme guides, Kawu said.

“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 NBC DG added.

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

On his part, Governor Shettima noted that the coming of the DG exposed him to the intricacies and nuances of digitization, and promised to meet up with the demands of the process, as it concerns, Borno state-owned broadcasting stations.

 

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