The Federal Government has reiterated its dedication to enhancing community radio stations as a means of fortifying Nigeria’s democracy.
Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, made this commitment in a statement released on Tuesday to mark World Radio Day, celebrated annually on February 13.
Under the theme “Radio: A century informing, entertaining, and educating,” Idris emphasized the enduring significance of radio as a communication tool for over a century, despite the rise of social media.
Acknowledging radio’s pivotal role in shaping public opinion and fostering cultural unity in Nigeria, the minister highlighted its capacity to amplify diverse voices regardless of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.
In line with this, Idris disclosed government initiatives to facilitate the establishment of community radio stations, noting that while Nigeria currently boasts 89 licensed community radio stations, the administration is committed to creating a conducive environment for more stations to emerge and existing ones to thrive.
Idris emphasized the importance of investing in community radio stations to bolster democracy, promote social cohesion, and provide rural communities with access to credible information, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
He pledged the government’s collaboration with UNESCO to drive these reforms and enhance the sector’s capacity to deliver reliable information to the populace.
Idris called on all radio stations to uphold broadcasting principles and ethics, ensuring editorial functions such as fact-checking, objectivity, and balance to maintain credibility and public trust.
In conclusion, he urged radio listeners to utilize the medium for learning, growth, and advocacy, extending congratulations to UNESCO for highlighting radio’s invaluable contribution to society. Happy World Radio Day!