Nigeria: ‘70% of Citizens can't afford digital broadcast'

Technology & Convergence

Over seventy percent of Nigerians will not be able to pay for digital broadcast in the country from 2015 when migration from analogue is completed, a lawyer and IT activist, Chukwuemeka Okereafor, has said.

Speaking at a workshop on digital broadcast migration in Abuja, Okereafor said because at least 50 dollars was required to be paid by each Nigerian to be able to enjoy digital broadcast, most Nigerians who live below one dollar per day would be cut off from the new technology.

According to him, digital broadcast may also run into hitches in the country as TV stations lack local content. He said the government seemed not prepared for the digital broadcast as nothing or little was being done by its agency responsible for the new technology.

" 70 per cent of Nigerians who live below one dollar per day and those ones in the rural areas will not be able to pay for the digital broadcast migration because we are told the migration will cost each Nigerian at least 50 dollar", he said.

Also speaking at the event, editor of IT Edge News, Segun Oruame, said the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was not carrying Nigerians along on what they should know about digital broadcast. He called on NBC to embark on public enlightenment on the new technology if the country must meet the 2015 target.