Digital Switchover Will Create Millions Of Jobs – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Digital Switchover will ‘bring out the best’ in young Nigerians as it will enrich Nigeria’s Television production, boost Nigeria’s economy, thereby creating millions of jobs.

Speaking on Friday at the Digital Switchover Launch in Kaduna state, he said the Digital Television experience will empower young Nigerians who are full of talents as it will be a platform to exhibit their talents exploring the spread of the Digital Switchover to many more states.

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“Within next few weeks, we will be running out in many states as we seek to take the digital television experience to all the six geopolitical zones. We have so many untold stories and it is evident from demographics that we have enlarged young workforce who happens to be those with the highest propensity to work and consume content.

“We are turning our focus to the crux of the matter which is content production that will help to bolster our economy. At the end of it all, we would have created millions of jobs,’’ he said.

The Minister said it is therefore important to ensure profitability of Television Content as it an avenue to boost Nigeria’s economy.

“By content here, I refer to Television shows, sitcoms, documentaries, music videos, drama series, talent and reality shows, etc. The challenge before us is to ensure that this becomes a profitable industry for our creative channels, entrepreneurs, advertising agencies, Television channels, and digital distributors.

“The value chain of the DSO is so enormous. We are talking about a minimum of 30million households. That is about 60 million eye balls (viewers). This will provide job, not just for youths but also those in the area of manufacturing technical materials and help us ensure that scare foreign exchange is retained within the country,” he said.

According to the Minister, the Digital Switch Over will be over 200 channels and over 1000 organsied production outfit which will create content. All these he said, will require infrastructure investment in production destinations in studio, graphic, sound hubs, among others.

The Digital Switchover which was launched today in Kaduna State had in attendance dignitaries including the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, and Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr Madibbo Kawu, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, among others.

FG Asked To Involve More Young Nigerians In Farming

rice farming in NigeriaThe International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is asking the Federal Government of Nigeria to formulate policies that will encourage young people to go into farming and also reduce farmers’ risks.

According to the President of IFAD, Kanayo Nwanze, agriculture provides a better revenue and job creation alternatives to Nigeria.

He also attributed the growing number of rural-urban migration experienced in most cities to lack of development policies that consider rural dwellers who are mainly farmers.

A large number of Nigeria’s youth are unemployed and according to IFAD agriculture is a good means to get them engaged.

At a meeting of representatives from Central and West African countries in Abuja held to brainstorm on best ways to encourage young people into agriculture, IFAD decried the rate of rural-urban migration among young people.

For the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the forum, good initiatives of the government alone are not enough to change the narratives.

He stressed that implementation framework must be developed for impactful programmes.

Nigeria has participated in several fora of this kind in the past, with successive governments formulating policies aimed at developing the agricultural sector.

Yet, the practice of agriculture has continued to remain in the hands of peasant farmers with low capacity to produce food for Nigeria’s growing population.

This has led to a growing import index for food items including some perishables that could be grown locally.

Channels Book Club: How To Get Nigerians To Read More

Channels Book ClubOn this edition of the programme, Adeniyi and Josephine Oluwajobi, a couple who have worked with thousands of young Nigerians to help them develop leadership and communication skills joined us to discuss why young Nigerians are not reading enough and what can be done to reverse the trend.

Adeniyi and Josephine manage Eloquent Speech International, which owns the Young Public Speakers Club.

Also featured is Oluwakemi Salako, a PR professional based in Lagos, who despite her busy schedule, is able to read about 20 books a month.

She also gives tips to upwardly mobile urban professionals on how they can find time to read.

F.G. Launches Techlaunchpad For Young Entrepreneurs

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Communication and Technology has launched a scheme called Techlaunchpad.

By this initiative, young budding entrepreneurs who have developed solution software for the oil and gas industry or the financial services can now send onto the website for consideration.

The Minister of Communication; Mrs Omobola Johnson says the initiative will help incubate several businesses for growth.