Multichoice price hike: SGF urges Nigerians to embrace indigenous pay TV

Following the recent Multichoice price adjustments, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, has urged Nigerians to embrace indigenous satellite because it would provide them with real value for their money.

Recall that the federal government, in a bid to offer Nigerians alternatives and enhance competition in the satellite pay television sector, had in March this year unveiled an indigenous satellite pay television.

Akume noted this at the weekend during the post launch reception organised by Camroll Quest Limited in collaboration with friends and associates of the Silver Lake Television (SLTV) in Abuja.

Also speaking, Chairman of the occasion, Abubakar Jijiwa, former Chairman of Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), said SLTV was a better alternative that has emerged to respond to yearning of Nigerians by giving them value for their money.

He therefore urged Nigerians to “spread the message that there is now a Nigerian company that is providing pay TV services at a cheaper price than others.”

“SLTV has come to stay, but will must support it as our own, because our own will drive direct foreign investment and create jobs, and it is time for us as Nigerians to put our hands together to make our own work.”

In his remark, the Managing Director expressed appreciation for the recognition given to him and the SLTV team, adding that “I am very happy and humbled by this honour, and we promise not to disappoint Nigerians as we urge them to patrionise their own.”

He explained that SLTV has over 50 HD channels with 10 sport channels that show live football matches from the Premier League, Champions League, Laliga, Seria A, and UEL among others, with a monthly subscription ranging from N2,5000 and N5,000.

In his goodwill message, the Commissioner of Police FCT Police Command, Mr. Benneth Igwe, said there was need to break the existing monopoly in the sector, and assured of the positive security status of the territory.

Highpoints of the event was the presentation was the presentation of the ‘Salute to Courage Award’(SACA) to Dr Ifeanyi Nwafor,Managing Director of Metrodigital Limited, for his resilience and patriotic stance in ensuring that Nigerians enjoy good but affordable pay TV service.

Presenting, the award to the SLTV boss at the event, Hon. Princess Nikky Onyeri,Chief Operating Officer of Camroll Quest Ltd, said “the honour was in celebration of his doggedness towards ensuring that Nigeria has indigenous pay television.”

According to her, “Metrodigital Limited took bold and patriotic steps in conceiving SLTV for Nigerians to have alternative to monopolistic satellite pay TV service providers.”

“When nobody gave Nigeria a chance, Ifeanyi Nwafor and Metrodigital remained focused and resilient for us to have our own satellite pay television, and so today, we are recognising tenacity, we are recognising resilience and doggedness.

“This celebration and award came from many years of being in the battlefield as the opposition party tried everything possible to put Metrodigital away.I believe this is also the only award that is recognised by the government of Nigeria in the sense that the National Copyright Council has certified this award.

“For 13 years they were taken to court in Nigeria and they still took them to European courts for three years, all as part of plots to stop this patriotic vision, but Metrodigital won at the end.”