Nigeria’s Kogi State Governor Ahmed Ododo has pledged to bolster community radio broadcasting in the state, aiming to amplify civic engagement and foster peaceful coexistence.
Kogi State is in North Central Nigeria and is about two hours away from Nigeria’s Capital City, Abuja.
In a statement marking World Radio Day, Governor Ododo emphasized the pivotal role of radio in promoting understanding and democracy. He vowed to encourage the establishment of more community radio stations and support existing ones to flourish in Kogi State.
Governor Ododo highlighted the enduring significance of radio in connecting people globally for a century, stating, “this year’s celebration of 100 years of radio broadcasting around the world marks a significant milestone of how radio has been connecting people around the world and promoting understanding among diverse groups in the interest of peace and development of humanity.”The theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Radio: A century informing, entertaining, and educating,’ underscores radio’s crucial role in bridging the gap between government and the people for democratic governance.
Governor Ododo praised the resilience of radio practitioners in Kogi State for keeping citizens informed about government activities and amplifying the needs and aspirations of the populace.
Ismaila Isah, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, affirmed Governor Ododo’s commitment to providing a conducive environment for broadcasting and other businesses to prosper across Kogi State.
World Radio Day, an initiative by UNESCO, commemorates radio’s enduring power to engage audiences despite challenges like digital competition, censorship, and economic constraints.
Ismaila Isah reiterated the Governor’s dedication to supporting community radio expansion as a tool for enhancing communication and unity in Kogi State.