(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Digital Switch Over (DSO) will be inaugurated in 13 states before the year runs out.
Mohammed disclosed this on Thursday during the launch of DSO – transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television in Lagos, assuring that the process would be speedy across the country.
According to news reports, the Lagos inauguration was the commencement of the second phase of the DSO rollout, which had been delayed for three years since its inauguration in five states – Plateau, Kwara, Kaduna, Enugu, Osun and the FCT.
“Though it took the digital television train over three years to arrive in Lagos State from its last stop in Osun, the train is now ready to move faster.
“The DSO train has now changed from narrow gauge to standard gauge, meaning it will move faster to cover 13 states across the country this year alone in the second phase of the DSO rollout, which begins today.
“From Lagos, the DSO train heads to Kano State on June 3, Rivers on July 8; Yobe on July 15; Gombe on Aug. 12; Imo on Aug. 24 and Akwa Ibom on Aug. 31.
“It will move to Oyo on Sept. 9, Jigawa on Sept. 23, Ebonyi on Oct. 17, Katsina on Oct. 21, Anambra on Nov. 4 and Delta on Nov, 18,’ the minister said. The minister reassured that notwithstanding the huge logistic and financial challenge, they would meet up with the set timeline of Dec. 7, 2022 to complete the DSO process in the country