By Kehinde Ayantunji
The governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has advised Nigerians not to reconsider Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels in Nigeria, saying the party has derailed during its 16 years rule as nothing substantial in terms of human and social infrastructure can be referred to.
Aregbesola said if PDP is truly a party of conscience and integrity, it would not be bragging of coming back to power with the moral burden of impoverishing Nigerians for the period during which the country earn highest oil revenue in history.
Aregbesola said this during the official launch of the digital switch over of Television Service in Osogbo, Capital, State of Osun.
According to the governor, PDP symbolises failure which reflected in most of the federal government abandoned projects including digital switch over of television services adding that the digitalisation will define broadcast development in Nigeria.
He said: “PDP is a failed party and that is more reason they failed deadline of project delivery, the reign was 16 years of hopelessness. It was that period that Nigeria earned highest revenue in oil and we have no road, no water and other amenities and I am always surprised when they are not ashamed of their failure and still bragging to come back, by the grace of God they will never return to power in Nigeria”.
The governor appreciated the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed’s gesture for making Osun an anchor state for the digital switch over launch in the South-West.
Aregbesola said the digital age has come to stay and that digital broadcasting has made it possible for anybody who has a standard studio, camera and equipment to be seen in the far corners of the world.
He therefore urged the digital signal distribution company, in charge of Osun, to ensure they cover the whole state so the people of the state can enjoy the digital broadcasting experience.
Speaking earlier, The Information minister, Lai Muhammed explained that “Digital Switch Over” of Nigeria from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting would create endless opportunities in the television and entertainment sector.
According to the Minister, the switch over would provide platform for telecommunication companies, advertisers, content providers and movie producers to maximise profits through digital broadcasting, a medium of reaching a wider and distance audience.
He also stressed the numerous job opportunities and businesses the digital switch over would create, stating that those in the broadcasting value chain would be engaged in every production stage.
He said local companies engaged to produce setup boxes for receiving digital signals would also employ a lot of Nigerians, thereby reducing unemployment and creating new jobs.
Mallam Is’haq Kawu, the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in his own remarks said the launch of the digital switch over in Osun was unique because the state is the first location in the South-Western part of the country.
Kawu also said Osogbo which is the capital of Osun was strategic to the launch as it is one of the cities that a factory had been setup for the production of setup boxes for digital TV.
He said the launch of the digital switch over in Osun allows for the spread of the service into the South-Western region, and that the choice of Osun was most logical