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No State Will Be Left Out of Digital Switch Over – Minister

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No State Will Be Left Out of Digital Switch Over – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured that no state will be left out of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) – the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

The minister gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja at the unveiling of the timetable for the roll out of the DSO across the country.

Mohammed who is the Chairman of the Ministerial Task Force  overseeing the successful completion of the project said a time-table had been approved for the first phase of the rollout as well as the analogue switch off.

“Before we embark on the analogue switch off in any state, we will ensure that the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) signal has covered at least 70 per cent of the population in that state.

“The remaining 30 per cent will be covered by Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite signal.

“ Please note that once the analogue signal is switched off, no one on the system will receive television signals anymore,’’ he said.

He said because of the topography of some areas like the Federal Capital Territory, the DTT signal could not effectively cover such areas.

The minister said in such cases, they would deploy DTH satellite signals to areas not covered by DTT signals.

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He said by complementing out DTT deployment with DTH satellite signals, they would ensure that no one would be left out of the DSO.

Speaking on the price of the decoder for the DSO known as Set Top Boxes,  the minister said the government would ensure they were affordable.

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will reach out to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to ensure reduction in the tariff on the raw materials for the manufacture of the Set Top Boxes in Nigeria.

“We will aim at zero per cent tariff for the Completely Knocked Down components and not more than 5 per cent tariff for the Semi-Knocked Down component, against the current tariff of 5 per cent for the Completely Knocked Down components and 10 per cent for the Semi-Knocked Down components.

“By doing so, we will ensure that the Set Top boxes are within the reach of average Nigerians,’’ he said.

Mohammed said government would also support the Channel Owners and Content Providers through the implementation of the Audience Measurement system. He said the audience measurement system would guarantee a sustained stream of revenue from advertising for channel owners to invest in the development of compelling content.

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“In this regard, the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has been directed to implement key policies to guarantee the advertising income of media houses by creating a healthy environment for the media outfits to operate.

“ Very soon, APCON and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) will sign an MoU on zero advertising debts to ensure that revenue from advertisers goes to the media owners,’’he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Acting Director General of National Broadcasting Commission, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba gave the details of the roll out time table which was scheduled to commence in Lagos on April 29.

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Interswitch Commences Sale of 2021 JAMB ePINs

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Interswitch Commences Sale of 2021 JAMB ePINs

Interswitch Group, Africa’s leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Africa has announced the opening of its platform for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registrations.

Parents and guardians of prospective candidates intending to register for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) can now obtain their ePINs from enabled Interswitch platforms such as Quickteller Mobile App/Web, Quickteller Paypoint (Agents), via payment with Interswitch WebPAY on JAMB’s website and through payment using Interswitch Paydirect at any bank branch nationwide from Thursday, April 8, 2021.

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The Interswitch platforms simplifies the registration process and eliminates the cumbersome JAMB registration process faced by many candidates nationwide. Registration for the exam (UTME) will last for six weeks and end on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Candidates are advised to optimize this registration period.

For a seamless registration process, prospective candidates including those registering from foreign countries should follow these easy steps:

1. Candidates should obtain the National Identification Number (NIN), this is mandatory

2. SMS ‘NIN’, space, & your 11-digit NIN number to 55019 e.g [NIN 00123456789]. Note that there should be a space between the word ‘NIN’ and your 11-digit NIN.

3. You’ll receive an SMS with your 10-digit profile code and your registered NIN name.

4. Visit JAMB website, click purchase of 2021 application document, and enter your 10-digit

5. Select ‘Pay Online’ to pay on the website via Interswitch or pay via the Quickteller website/app or at the nearest Quickteller Paypoint outlet.

6. Your ePIN will be delivered to your registered telephone number.

READ ALSO: UTME: Beware Of Fraudsters, Rumour-Mongers, JAMB Warns Public

The cost of registration is N3,500 as directed by Federal Government since 2018. However, each candidate will also pay an additional N500 for reading text to be provided by CBT Centres at the point of registration. Consequently, every prospective candidate will pay a total of N4,000.

According to Tomi Ogunlesi, Group Head, Corporate Marketing, “At Interswitch, as the leading enabler of electronic transaction solutions in Nigeria, we have provided a variety of payment platforms that are reliable, user-friendly and secure, to ensure JAMB’s UTME registration process is seamless for prospective candidates”.

“Since our accreditation by JAMB in 2017, Interswitch has successfully enabled a seamless registration process for UTME candidates. Our services are available online, across more than 18,000 ATMs, at all bank branches nationwide and through over 32,000 Quickteller Paypoint Agents across Nigeria” Ogunlesi added.

 

 

About Interswitch

Interswitch is a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Founded in 2002, Interswitch disrupted the traditional cash-based payments value chain in Nigeria by supporting the introduction of electronic payments processing and switching services.

Today, Interswitch is a leading player with critical mass in Nigeria’s developing financial ecosystem and is active across the payments value chain, providing a full suite of omni-channel payment solutions. Interswitch’s vision is to make payments a seamless part of everyday life in Africa, and its mission is to create transaction solutions that enable individuals and communities to prosper across Africa. Interswitch’s broad network and robust payments platform have been instrumental to the development of the Nigerian payments ecosystem and provide Interswitch with the infrastructure to expand across Africa.

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Nigerians React As Twitter Goes To Ghana

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Nigerians React As Twitter Goes To Ghana

Yesterday (Monday, April 13, 2021), Twitter’s Founder, Jack Dorsey announced that the micro-blogging site will be headquartered in Ghana.

“Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you Ghana and @NAkufoAddo. #TwitterGhana,” Dorsey tweeted.

The announcement has since set Twittersphere abuzz, as Nigerians took to Twitter to register their opinions.

While some Nigerians blamed the choice on policies said to negatively affect the ease of doing business in Nigeria, others claimed the government’s clampdown on protesters during the #EndSARS protests contributed to Twitter’s decision to choose Ghana.

“Maybe Jack couldn’t get SIM card,” Nimueh Anacksunamun, tweeted.

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Meanwhile, Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanian president, has welcomed the development.

“The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Gov’t and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country,” the president tweeted in reply to Dorsey’s tweet.

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Lexus To Produce At Least 10 Electric Vehicles By 2025

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Lexus To Produce At Least 10 Electric Vehicles By 2025
LF-Z Electrified

Lexus set to produce 20 new brands of vehicles by the year 2025, with the executives rumoring more than half to be all-electric or electrified hybrid models.

The Luxury Vehicle is a division of the Japanese automobile Toyota brand.

Lexus vehicles are marketed in over 70 countries globally.

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The Toyota Motors-owned luxury brand unveiled a new concept car on Tuesday called the LF-Z Electrified.

 

 

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