World Radio Day: FG Vows Support for Local Radio Stations

The Federal Government has promised to support community radio stations, aiming to bolster the country’s democracy.

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, said this on Tuesday for World Radio Day which is celebrated every February 13.

This year’s theme is ‘Radio: A century informing, entertaining and educating.’ Idris said, “This reflects the remarkable achievement of radio as a means of communication and information for over 100 years, despite the advent of social media.”

He added that radio is crucial for sharing ideas and bringing people together, no matter where they are from or what they believe.

Beyond Boders further reports that Idris mentioned that Nigeria has 89 community radio stations. He said President Bola Tinubu’s government wants more stations to come up and existing ones to get stronger.

Idris explained, “Radio has been an essential medium of communication in Nigeria since 1933. Its unique ability to reach a wide audience makes it an ideal tool for disseminating government plans and programs to all levels of society, including the grassroots.

“Radio has played a vital role in shaping public opinion and promoting cultural unity in our diverse nation. It provides a platform for people of all backgrounds to speak out, be represented, and be heard, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. In recent times, radio has also become a valuable means of conflict resolution and a source of hope for the oppressed.”

He urged more investment in community radio, saying it will help democracy and give rural people good information.

The minister also said the government will work with UNESCO to improve radio, as they want to make sure radio stays trustworthy and gives out good information.

He finished by congratulating UNESCO for reminding everyone how important radio is and wished everyone a Happy World Radio Day!

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