Nigeria will not fail – Lai Mohammed assures

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that Nigeria will leave no stone unturned in its quest to achieve a successful Digital TV Switch Over that will yield technological dividends far beyond imagination.


The Minister gave the assurance in London on Thursday, at the end of his two-day interactions with key players in the successful UK Digital TV programme, including the country’s Communication Regulator Ofcom, which created the regulatory structures that enabled the Digital TV Switch Over.

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The Minister, who also met officials of leading public service broadcaster BBC to understand its central role in supporting the development of Digital TV in the UK, said all concerned would work relentlessly to meet the June 2017 deadline for Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Nigeria.

”The Digital Switch Over in the UK spanned about five years (2008 to 2012). Nigeria has a much shorter time to achieve the same feat. But we will harness all the available expertise to ensure a ‘ successful and history-making switch over,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

The Minister also visited Digital UK and Freeview to draw lessons from the UK’s Digital Switch Over programme and to learn about the development of Freeview and the factors which have contributed to its long-running success as the Digital Terrestrial TV service that serves 75% of UK homes.

He rounded off his meetings with officials of the UK’s sole signal distributor Arqiva to understand how the UK’s TV infrastructure was developed and operated, learn about Arqiva’s role in Digital TV Switch Over programme, and how it completed the conversion of its TV network from analogue to digital in the years 2008 to 2012.

Under a two-day intensive programme that ended on Thursday, the Minister led to the meetings a delegation that included the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, and other officials of the Commission; the Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Mr. Mansur Liman, and officials of the Content Aggregator CCNL.



  1. Nigeria can not fail, and will never fail, right now we have capable hands, unlike the larcenies fellow in previous administration.

  2. Well Nigeria has not only failed but is crawling on her bellies all thanks to your wicked, shameless and extremely offensive lies/propagandas. Congratulations to you and your agent of sorrows master for succeeding in bringing unprecedented misery to our once progressively vibrant nation, you all will receive majority of your punishments here on earth then the rest in hell where you are bound for.

  3. No fool like an old fool. Has he ever wondered why buhari has never put a northerner to occupy this post ? He simply wants to potray for those who can read the unwritten, that the yorubas are stupid as well as liars. A trait which Lai the liar portrays too well.
    If I were him I will put aside all pretensions that things are well and resign the post. But greed, anger and stupidity calls and few nigerians hardly escape these three poisons.

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