Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, has reiterated his support and dedication to the growth and advancement of the broadcasting industry in Nigeria and on a broader scale. Idris made this affirmation during his address at the 13th edition of the 2023 AFRICAST Conference held in Lagos.
The conference, organized by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and themed “Broadcasting Content, Synergy, Finance, and Market,” plays a pivotal role in the nation’s economy, aligning with the Renewed Hope Agenda and President Bola Tinubu’s economic vision.
The minister expressed his pleasure at the conference’s elevated status as a premier event in the African broadcasting sector. He noted that AFRICAST has gained a reputation for its exceptional thought leadership, knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and commercial potential. Idris highlighted that the NBC conceived AFRICAST as a response to the flourishing broadcasting industry in Africa, aimed at fostering connections among broadcasters, content platforms, production houses, and equipment manufacturers through informative panel discussions.
Underlining the economic promise of the broadcast sector, the minister stressed the significance of government-private sector collaboration to establish sustainable avenues for profitability. He also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring the successful transition of Nigeria to Digital Switchover (DSO) in broadcasting, addressing past challenges, and adopting global best practices,(NAN)