Digital Broadcasting Africa Forum 2016

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visa Information

Delegates are strongly advised to check all entry and visa requirements from the websites of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions.

International Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your stay.

Citizens of the following 18 countries can visit Nigeria without a visa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Togo

Visa is also not required for former nationals of Nigeria holding a valid foreign passport together with expired Nigerian passport.

Nationals of Kenya can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 90 days.

Holders of diplomatic or official passports issued to nationals of Brazil and South Africa and holders of diplomatic or service passports issued to nationals of China do not require a visa for Nigeria and holders of diplomatic passports issued to nationals of Turkey.

A valid passport and visa are required for business travel to this destination for people from all other countries not listed above. A business visa is necessary for business meetings, discussions, meeting with business partners and attending conferences.

Nigeria has over 50 missions across the world where visas can be procured. The host Country is currently liaising with the Nigerian Immigration Service with a view to processing visas at point of entry for registered delegates from Countries that do not have a Nigerian High Commission/Embassy. Modalities for securing this service will be available soon.

Invitation letter will be issued upon request to assist delegates with visa process. Delegates who require this assistance should submit the following information to the host:

Full Name as written on Passport
Date and Place of Birth
Nationality
Date of Arrival
Date of Departure
Hotel Booking
A clear scanned copy of the data page of the passport
A valid email address

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

Nigeria is bounded in the West by the Republic of Benin and Niger Republic; in the East by the Republic of Cameroon; on the North by Niger and Chad Republic and the South by the Gulf of Guinea and covers an area of 924 000 sq. km. (356 700 sq. mi.). Nigeria, which comprises of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, is Africa’s most populous country, with Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba as the three largest ethnic groups.

Nigeria is made up of mostly Christians and Muslims with a very small minority who practice traditional and other religions. English is the official language and Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani as well as over 450 additional indigenous languages. Nigeria’s population, which is growing at an annual rate of 2.5%, stands at about 161,477,325.

Nigeria is classified as a mixed economy and an emerging market, with abundant supply of natural resources, well developed financial, legal, communications sectors and stock exchange. Nigeria is the 7th largest producer of petroleum in the world and has the 8th largest proven reserves. Nigeria also has a wide range of underexploited mineral resources which include natural gas, coal, bauxite, tantalite, gold, tin, iron ore, limestone, niobium, lead and zinc.

Nigeria has one of the fastest growing Telecommunications markets in the world with major emerging market operators like MTN, Etisalat, Airtel and Globacom etc. These Operators have their largest and most profitable base in the country. Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is reputed to be the fastest growing and most competitive in Africa, leveraging on her over 160 million people population.

Recently the Nigerian Government has begun expanding its ICT sector infrastructure to space based communications. Nigeria has a space satellite which is monitored at the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency in Abuja.

In Telecommunications, the Country has consistently recorded tremendous growth rates annually since 2001. Total connected lines stand at 190,575,684 as at February 2015, out of which 142,589,775 are active subscribers with Teledensity of 101.85.

There are indications that the market is poised for even greater growth, following the completion of some major infrastructure projects like the submarine cable projects – Glo-1 and Main One (Main Street Technologies). The Federal Government has also mapped out a Broadband Strategy aimed at deepening broadband penetration in the entire Country. This Strategy will involve the participation of the private sector in further developing the necessary infrastructure required with Government providing incentives like tax waivers, subsidies, lower interest loans and right of way. The Nigerian Communications Commission will license Regional Service Providers who will ensure last mile connection.

Nigeria has over 90 broadcast media regulated by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission. The Nigerian Broadcast media is made up of Federal Government controlled National and Regional Television stations operating in each of the 36 states of the federation; several private TV stations; cable and satellite TV subscription services; network of federal-government controlled national, regional, and state radio stations; about 50 State Government- owned radio stations; about 30 private radio stations as well as other international broadcast transmitting stations. Nigeria’s Internet country code is .ng, with about 2,000 Internet hosts and about 83,377,782 as active Internet subscription.

The National Broadcasting Commission was created on 24 August 1992, deriving its powers from the National Broadcasting Commission Act CAP N11 Laws of the Federal, 2004. It served as mid-wife to the deregulation of the broadcast Industry in Nigeria, ending government monopoly and allowing private investors to own and operate broadcasting stations. The Commission’s core mandate is to licence, monitor, regulate and control the entire broadcasting industry in Nigeria.

The National Broadcasting Commission invests in the development of the industry in terms of content and technology and is currently in the forefront of the industry’s transition from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission.

Host

The 11th Digital Broadcasting Forum Africa 2016 is hosted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the National Broadcasting Commission (Nigeria).

Currency

The unit of currency is the Naira (N), which is made up of 100 Kobo.

Major credit cards are accepted in most places in Abuja and Lagos, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.

To check up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com. Rates are around:

1USD N199

1GBP N281

Travel

Nigeria has 2 Major International Airports in Abuja and Lagos. Majority of International Airline service one or both airports.

Local Transportation

The host will have a liaison officer to help coordinate the arrival of international delegates at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

Public Transportation

The public transportation system consists of buses and mini-buses that operate along designated routes. Additionally, taxi-cab and car hire services are available at hotels. Uber Taxis operate in Lagos as well as Car rentals are also available on request at all major hotels in Nigeria.

Health Requirements

Proof of Vaccination for yellow fever is mandatory for travellers to Nigeria from yellow fever endemic Countries. International certificates of yellow fever vaccination will be checked upon arrival at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; and all other entry ports. Travellers from endemic Countries who do not have proof of vaccination will be vaccinated, for a fee, before entering Nigeria.

Visa Requirements

Delegates are strongly advised to check all entry and visa requirements from the websites of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions.

International Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your stay.

Nigeria has over 50 missions across the world where visas can be procured. The host Country is currently liaising with the Nigerian Immigration Service with a view to processing visas at point of entry for registered delegates from Countries that do not have a Nigerian High Commission/Embassy. Modalities for securing this service will be available soon.

Invitation letter will be issued upon request to assist delegates with visa process. Delegates who require this assistance should submit the following information to the host:

Full Name as written on Passport
Date and Place of Birth
Nationality
Date of Arrival
Date of Departure
Hotel Booking
A clear scanned copy of the data page of the passport
A valid email address
Local time

+ 1 hours Greenwich Mean Time.

Telecommunications

Nigeria has 6 fixed telephone lines operators and 7 mobile phone operators. The country code is +234. Public telephone booths can be found at the airport and hotels. Facsimile services are available in almost all hotels. Internet facilities are also available in almost all hotels or at Cybercafés.

Banking and Business Hours

Banking hours are from Mon to Friday: 08:00 – 16.00 hrs. Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country. Business hours are from 8.00 am to 4.00/5.00 pm though this may vary slightly.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Naira (N), which is made up of 100 Kobo.

Major credit cards are accepted in most places in Abuja and Lagos, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.

To check up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com. Rates are around:

1USD N170
1GBP N290
Language

English

Weather

Nigeria is situated within the tropical region. There are two climatic seasons that prevail within Nigeria, namely the wet and the dry seasons. The weather of Nigeria is generally quite hot throughout the year, although there are variations in the climate in certain regions within the country. The southern part of Nigeria is relatively more humid and damp than the northern part of the country. In the southern areas of Nigeria the dry seasons begin from the month of November and lasts till the month of March. The northern regions are much drier in to Southern Nigeria. The dry season begin from October and last till April.

Host Contact

HOST CONTACTS

Maimuna Jimada (Mrs)

Public Affairs / Africast

National Broadcasting Commission

20 Ibrahim Taiwo Str. Aso Villa, Abuja, Nigeria

E-mail: majimada@nbc.gov.ng

Tel: +2348033264035

www.nbc.gov.ng

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:
Adriana Cardoso, Travel and Logistics Officer.
44 (0) 208 600 3800
44 (0) 208 600 3819