Abuja — ABOUT 800 Community Radio Stations will soon commence transmissions in various parts of the country to ensure that information on programmes and policies of the Federal Government get to the rural communities.
Director General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri, who disclosed this yesterday during briefing and strategy meeting organised by the Democratic Governance for Development Project, in collaboration with the Nigeria Community Radio Coalition, said the community radio stations would start transmission before the second quarter of this year.
Omeri said setting up community radio stations was the result of agitations by people in rural communities in different parts of the country.
He said the stations would use the language of the people of the area, adding that they would create over 12,000 jobs when they begin transmission.
He also said that establishing the community radio stations became necessary to promote a vibrant culture and for the agency to discharge its mandate adequately, adding that it would break media monopoly in information dissemination.
According to him, the stations will serve geographic or territorial communities with various interests and restore the citizens' integrity, promotes transparency, accountability and cost effectiveness, stressing that unless the citizens understood policies and programmes of government, such policies stood the risk of failure.
The NOA DG said President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to the issuance of licenses for community radio stations and that he was optimistic the license would be granted within the second quarter of the year.
Omeri, who said that within five months in office, he established FM radio station that transmits within the secretariat assured that the agency in setting up the community radio stations would not go against the code of ethics and guidelines to be presented by the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC.
In his remarks at the workshop, the Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Labaran Maku represented by the Director, Research and Policy, Mr. Joseph Obodeze said it was unacceptable to the present administration that in some parts of the North, they do not get radio stations from the country instead stations in Cameroon.
(Source : Vanguard via allAfrica.com)