The Federal Government has expressed readiness to provide a more conducive environment for radio stations to thrive and expand its scope, with express plans to strengthen the already-established ones.
In a statement to commemorate this year’s World Radio Day, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris restated President Tinubu’s committed to expanding community radio as a tool to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
Idris said the theme for this year’s celebration, titled ‘Radio: explaining that the government has initiated necessary reforms in the process of establishing community radio stations to make community radio more reliable, efficient, and affordable.
The minister seized the avenue to urge all radio stations, whether traditional or online, to be more responsible in their operations by adhering to the principles and ethics of broadcasting, including editorial functions, such as fact-checking, objectivity and balance.
Idris also promised to collaborate with UNESCO to drive reforms and develop the required capacity in the sector to strengthen radio’s ability to disseminate credible and reliable information to the people.
World radio is celebrated annually on February 13, to highlight the role and importance of radio as a means of communication and information dissemination.