The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, has restated the commitment of the
Federal Government to achieve the 'Digital Switch
Over' in broadcasting by 2017.
Mohammed said with the digital switchover, Nigeria
would completely change the way television
broadcasting is done.
"We are going to revolutionise the entire industry,"
the minister said in a statement by his special
adviser, Segun Adeyemi, on Friday.
The minister also allayed fears being expressed in
some quarters that with the digital broadcasting,
watching television would be out of the reach of poor
Mohammed also said all Nigerians, regardless of
their political party, background, tribe or religion,
would henceforth have equal access to publicly-
owned media without any inhibition.
He stated this in Abuja during an interactive session
with members of the House of Representatives
Committee on Information, National Orientation,
Ethics and Values on Thursday.
Mohammed also said the President Muhammadu
Buhari administration would not abuse the trust
reposed in it by depriving Nigerians the opportunity
to express their views through the public media.
He said, "As publicly-owned media outlets, they are
accountable to the people of Nigeria and not to the
ruling party or the ruling government and I would not
accept a situation whereby publicly-owned media
would be seen just as the mouthpiece of
"We believe that as publicly-owned media, the
opposition and everybody in Nigeria must have equal
access to us and we must also represent their views.
This is a multi-cultural, multi-value and multi-
opinionated country and, therefore, we must not
abuse the fact that we are currently in power and we
are operating publicly-owned media to deprive other
Nigerians access to these media."
He also said his ministry would strive to ensure
timely dissemination of factual and verifiable
information to keep the public abreast of government
programmes and policies as well as get their
feedback on the perception of the government.