By Alex Okoro, Abuja
OrderPaperToday – The partnership between the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and digital pay TV, Startimes has come under the investigative spotlight of the House of Representatives.
The House accordingly mandated its Committee on Telecommunications to probe the partnership as regards revenue generated by the deal. The Committee is also mandated to assess the digitalization programme of the National Broadcast Commission (NBC) which requested television stations to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.
This is just as Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Murray Bruce has urged the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to develop technology that would help promote access to information about government, private sector, media and the society in general.

The House resolve to probe the NTA/Startimes deal followed a motion entitled, “Need to Review the Digitalization Programme in the Nigerian Broadcasting Industry” sponsored by Hon. Edward Pwajok during Tuesday’s plenary session.
Leading debate on the motion, Hon. Pwajok noted that the country has not been able to meet the requirements for the 2015 deadline for digitization, thus necessitating a new ultimatum of July 17, 2017. Other lawmakers, in their contributions to the debate, decried the ugly trend of the dominance of foreigners in the pay TV program in the country. 
Speaking on Tuesday at an e-Nigeria 2015 summit held by NITDA on the role of ICT local content and information security towards an effective electoral process in Nigeria, Senator Bruce said Nigerians have a right to information on how they are governed but that too many things are still shrouded in secrecy.

 

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He noted that the purpose of such technology would be to advance the progress and development of Nigeria by empowering Nigerians, government and development partners with information that both simplifies and reduces the cost of interactions, within Nigeria, and the world.

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