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World Radio Day: Radio improves literacy, social cohesion – Listeners

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Some residents of Damaturu in Yobe, has identified radio as catalyst to the improvement of literacy level, social cohesion and economic status of the people.

A cross section of the residents, gave the assertion in separate interviews with Nigeria News Agency in Damaturu on Thursday, as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Radio Day.

They described the important role radio play to make positive impact on their lives.

NAN reports that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Jan. 14, 2013, endorsed the proclamation of World Radio Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 67th session of the UNGA proclaimed Feb. 13, as World Radio Day. It is set aside to make the public and media aware of the importance of radio.

It is also aim to encourage decision makers to establish better access to information through the medium, improve networking and work towards building international cooperation among various broadcasters.

The theme of this year’s World Radio Day is “Radio and Diversity”

In their separate comment, Mudu Bulama, a resident, said radio has been part and parcel of his life.

“The first thing I do every morning is to tune in to news programme and other programmes, it is part of my daily routine. I listen to the radio before going to sleep.

“I find the content of radio programmes educative, entertaining and easy to consume,’’ he said.

Babagana Ali, another listener, said that radio is a vital instrument in promoting literacy level in the society, adding that many people learnt how read and write through radio programmes.

“Many people learnt how to read and write due to the oral nature of the radio content which is simple to understand,” he said.

Another listener, Auwalu Manu, also described radio as veritable source of entertainment as well as promoting social cohesion.

Manu said that: “Radio connect us with the larger part of the world, we get information on healthcare, security, religion, agriculture and so on, both locally and beyond”.

Also contributing, Muhammed Sani, noted that radio has played significant role in awareness creation to mobilise support and participation in government’s policies and programmes.

He, however, urged the Yobe State Government to upgrade the state’s radio station to enhance its operations.

Edited By: Zainab Garba/Rabiu Sani Ali

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