Lai Mohammed: Digitization Will Create One Million Jobs

- The successful digitization in 2017 would create at least one million jobs in the next three years
- This was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
- Mohammed stated this at the 21st anniversary gala night of Channels Television
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said the successful digitization in 2017 would create at least one million jobs in the next three years.
The minister made the statement at the 21st anniversary gala night of Channels Television, Vanguard reports.


According to Mohammed, the jobs would be created through the manufacturing of set top boxes that would be required for each of the television sets in the country, which he estimated at 24 million.
His words: “These jobs will come from TV production. Digitization will make it possible to have at least 180 state channels, 30 regional channels and at least 10 national channels, catering for local music, news, film, children programming and sports.
“The need for content to feed these stations will translate to huge number of jobs.
“The jobs we are talking about will come from film production, VHS tapes to VCD and DVD, Nollywood will then move to Push and Subscription Video On Demand on the STB and online, bringing piracy to the lowest ever, making distribution cheaper and easier and putting much more money into the hands of film producers, who will create more films of better quality, ultimately surpassing 2000 movies a year.


“The number of writers, lighting and sound technicians, cameramen, editors, actresses, actors, insurance costume will simply blow up.”
Digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format. In this format, information is organized into discrete units of data (called bits) that can be separately addressed (usually in multiple-bit groups called bytes).
Meanwhile, the federal government had listed some projects it intends to carryout in 2017.


The projects are:
1. Fund an electric-vehicle commuter project in some cities
2. Tree-planting projects in the north
3. Off-grid solar-power projects producing as much as 1,200 megawatts in the north
4. Support environment-friendly projects in the Niger Delta where the government aims to eliminate gas flaring by 2019
5. Continue the clean-up of the Ogoni land oil spills.


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