StarTimes group has restated its commitment to connecting villages to the outside world; thereby changing the belief that only the top-class can enjoy digital TV.
Speaking at the launch of StarTimes satellite TV project in Hulumi village, a community in Idu Local Council in the Abuja municipal, the group’s Vice-President, Ms Guo Ziqi, said that their TV has been accepted by the local government and its people.
“The joint venture between StarTimes and NTA has boosted the Nigerian TV industry and created lots of employment. As part of the China-Africa cooperation, 10,000 African villages are expected to benefit from this connection to satellite TV,” she said.
Also speaking at the event, the Director-General of NTA, Alhaji Ibn Mohammed, also added that the joint venture between the two media groups has in the last seven years grown in leaps and bounds.
He said: “We have decided to provide access to digital TV to some small communities in Nigeria. Hulumi is just like many other villages across Nigeria with limited access to digital TV. The government of Nigeria is working hard to improve the lives of people in rural areas in Nigeria.”
According to him, five villages are expected to benefit from the first phase – two in the Federal Capital Territory, two in Nassarawa and one in Kwara. The venture will also provide maintenance for the facilities free-of-charge for the next one year.
Pupils of the Hulumi Village Primary School were also presented with stationary items.
Present at the launch were Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, represented by Mr. Timothy Oyedeji, DG of Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, Mallam Ishaq Modibbo, DG Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Dr. Mansur Liman, Chinese Vice Minister of Information, Mr. Guo Weimin, CEO Star Times Nigeria, Mr. Justin Zhang and Sarkin Jawa, HRH Idris Musa.