Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, has promised to expand the frontier of civic engagement by improving community broadcasting in the state.
In a released statement, the Special Advisor to the Governor on Social Communication, Ismaila Isah, stated that the governor
In his message to the people of the state in commemoration of this year's World Radio Day, he recognized the importance of radio as a true channel to promote understanding and peaceful coexistence in any society.
While recognizing the vital role of radio in sustaining democratic governance across the world, Governor Ododo assured the people of the state of his commitment to broaden engagement with stakeholders, encouraging the creation of more community radio stations and supporting existing to prosper in the state.
According to the Governor, “This year’s celebration of 100 years of broadcasting around the world marks a significant milestone in the way radio has connected people around the world and promoted understanding among diverse groups in the interests of peace and the development of humanity .
“The theme of this year's celebration, which is 'Radio: A Century of Informing, Entertaining and Educating', highlights the fundamental role of radio as a means of promoting democratic governance through the dissemination of information that bridges the gap between government and people, and it is gratifying that this phenomenon has persisted for more than 100 years in our history.
“I join millions of radio listeners around the world in celebrating the remarkable success of all radio stations in Nigeria and the professionals, especially in Kogi State, who continue to defy the challenges, keeping our people informed about government activities while highlighting the needs and aspirations of our people in every corner of the state.”
He assured that the Kogi State government, under his leadership, will continue to provide the enabling environment for broadcasting and other businesses to thrive in all parts of the state.
World Radio Day is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the extensive virtues of the medium and its continued power to reach its audience, despite competition from digital platforms, of generational divisions, censorship and economic difficulties.
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