Britain will collaborate with Nigeria to fast-track the process of the switch-over from analogue to digital broadcasting in this country, says acting British High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Nigeria Simon Shercliff.
Speaking when he led a British delegation who called on Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu here Thursday, he said the digital switch-over would enable Nigerians to see more different channels and enhance television technology reliability.
Britain partnering the Nigerian government on the digital switch-over would strengthen the enduring partnership existing between the two countries in the areas of industry, research and other areas of science and technology, he said.
“I therefore, look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Nigerian government,” he added.
A member of the British delegation, Matt Seaman, the Platforms Director of Inview Technology Limited, said the firm had been commissioned by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to develop the digital switch-over programmes.
“We have been working closely with NBC and Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to work out the progress first in Jos (state) and then to other part of the country,” he said.
Onu said Nigeria would remain committed to any programme which would be beneficial to Nigerians, especially the acquisition of new technology. He called on the British representatives to make use of Nigeria’s Technological Transfer Initiative to set up their manufacturing industry in Nigeria to create more jobs in the country.
According to him, the ministry is working hard to establish the Science and Technology Museum to create awareness among young people in science and technology.