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NASS Won’t Condone Exploitation Of Nigerians In Digital Switch Over – Dogara

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The National Assembly  will not condone
exploitation of Nigerians as the country transits from analogue to
digital broadcasting, Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has
said. 

The Speaker said this when he opened an investigate hearing by the
House Adhoc Committee on the process of digital switch over in Nigeria.
Represented
by the Chief Whip Mr Alhassan Ado Doguwa, the Speaker noted that it is
alleged that the process has been marred by procedural irregularities,
inconsistencies, and misappropriation of funds generated to facilitate
the digital switch over which needs to be thoroughly investigated by the
Committee.
“I
have heard from different quarters that the digital switch over will
re-position the broadcast landscape architecture in Nigeria,” he said. 

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He
said that what is doubtful is cementing the great expectation of
Nigerians on the current process of digital transition in the country.  
“The
National Assembly, with its responsibilities of representation will
neither condone acts inimical to the development of the country nor
allow Nigerians to be unduly exploited,” he said.
Mr Dogara
maintained that the impact of technological innovation on national
development is quite massive and that “we should use all legislative
tools at our disposal to ensure its success. It is in this light that I
am extremely delighted to be part of this epoch making event.”
The
Ad-Hoc Committee was set up by the House to among other things invite
all Stakeholders involved in the DSO programme with a view to ensuring
that the process will meet the deadline, ensure quality and cost
effective services to Nigerians, investigate the sale of the harvested
Bandwidth to MTN, and the concession of the GUI value added services to
Inview Tech Ltd of United Kingdom, and ascertain whether the aggregators
that were paid billions of Naira to supply over 20 million Set-Top
Boxes are capable of meeting the deadline.

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