Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that his administration will support the Digital Switch Over (DSO) being embarked on by the country, saying it would enhance job creation and content development.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who acknowledged that the DSO would be of immense benefit to residents of the state said Lagos would be providing publicity support for the rollout.
Speaking on Saturday when the Ministerial Taskforce of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Digital Switch Over led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Marina, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the DSO will provide job opportunities for youths and many businesses, especially those in the entertainment and tourism industry.
He said the DSO will also provide opportunity for government to use the content to inform and engage the citizens as well as bring governance closer to the people.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who advised the Ministerial Taskforce on the Digital Switch Over to make the FreeTV box and after sale support easily accessible said making the FreeTV Set Top Box a one-off payment with a yearly renewal, will provide opportunity for millions of Nigerians who cannot afford to pay the subscription fees being charged by the PayTV platforms to enjoy the benefit of digital television.
“The movement from analogue set up that we currently have to digital is apt and it speaks to reality of what we have today.
Everywhere in the world, technology is now a fundamental and critical deliverable of government. It presents an opportunity for citizens to have access to local, national and international space.
“As a forward looking state, we are in partnership and we see it as bringing the future to our citizens, so we do not have a problem with it at all.
“Even for us as a state, we have been developing our metropolitan fiber optics to provide fiber connectivity as one of the solutions for our citizens to have access to cheaper data.
“We will support the DSO. We want Lagos to continue to set the pace for the nation. We will help our people to be exposed to modern and international best practices.
“We will be willing to work with you and ensure that we deliver jointly on April 29,” the governor said.