The launching ceremony of “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages” Nigeria Project was held on January 14 in Kpaduma, a suburban village in the Federal Capital Territory. Kpaduma has been chosen as one of the 1000 Nigerian villages for this project to embrace access to satellite TV.
This project is one of the China-Africa cooperation programs coming out of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2015. Under this project, three public areas, such as school, hospital and church, will each receive a TV set with access to 21 TV channels; 20 families will each receive a set of direct broadcast satellite terminal system and 21 TV channels for two months. After this period, the families can continue watching one satellite TV channel for free or pay N900 for 34 channels. The project is carried out by StarTimes, a Chinese telecommunications company.
During the ceremony, Mr. Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, emphasized the power of information and the positive impact this project will bring to the country. As the 2019 general election is approaching, he said, people in these villages will have a chance to be more informed about the candidates and policies much better than they did in the past.