The Federal Government has resolved the brewing crisis that was threatening the implementation of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) from analogue television broadcasts in the country under the supervision of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
It was gathered that the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Mohammed Baba Gana Monguno summoned the critical stakeholders in the DSO to a meeting where the contentious issues involved were discussed and resolved.
Present at the meeting were Senator-Elect and Chairman of the Board of NBC, Ikra Bilbis; NBC boss, Ishaq Modibbo Kawu; the CEO of Details Nigeria Limited, operators of Goth, John Ugbe, COO of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Dipo Onifade and Chairman, Pinnacle Communications Limited, Sir Lucky Omoluwa whose efforts to make the meeting possible was acknowledged by the NSA.
The NSA told the stakeholders that the Federal Government was determined to uphold its policy on DSO and to also ensure that private investors in the Nigerian economy are not discouraged.
The meeting which lasted about three hours witnessed the diplomatic negotiation and consensus building capacity of the NSA that facilitated a resolution of the five-year-old dispute, which had incessantly interrupted smooth implementation of the DSO in missing set deadlines twice.
A source at the meeting said that the Federal Government policy on DSO was thereby protected from legal interpretation in law courts while also salvaging solid private investment in the nation’s economy and attendant jobs created through the investment from uncertainty and jeopardy.