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WRD: Nigerians call for patriotism, professionalism in radio broadcast

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Nigerian radio listeners have called on radio stations and broadcasters in the country to always exhibit patriotism and professionalism in their programming.

A cross section of  those

interviewed by the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja against the backdrop of the World Radio Day (WRD) celebration, urged radio stations to use their programmes to promote peace and unity in Nigeria.

Mr Clement Obosi, retired Civil Servant described radio as a veritable tool for social engineering.

He urged radio stations to display  high sense of responsibility and strive to promote unity and social cohesion.

“Radio in Nigeria has come alone way; from those years when we had only government owned radio stations to now, when there are hundreds of public and private owned radio stations.

“Radio is a veritable tool for social engineering.

“I call on Nigerian radio stations to always display the highest level of patriotism and professionalism in their operations.

“The potent roles radio played in the Rwanda genocide in 1994 points is an indication of how effective it can be, either for positive or negative ends.

“I urge Nigerian radio stations to always promote unity through their programmes,’’ he said.

Mr Abbas Ibrahim, a pharmacist and an avid radio listener commended Nigerian radio stations for struggling to remain relevant in spite of social and economic challenges.

He urged Nigerians to always support and patronise radio stations to enable them remain afloat.

“The power of radio is enormous, and this can be seen in the wide reach of the radio medium in Nigeria.

“In most remote, rural areas in Nigeria, radio is the only medium of information, enlightenment and entertainment, and it has been effective over the years.

“I call on Nigerians to support and patronise our radio stations to enable them remain in business and continue to provide their social services,” he advised.

Mrs Bosede Oshun, a house wife, corroborated Ibrahim’s claim and urged Nigerian radio stations to devote ample space to promote values while exposing social vices in the interest of youths.

“In times like this, Nigerian youths need to be positively directed and radio as an effective means of mass communication will be effective in that regards.

“I call on our radio stations to devote ample space to directing our youths positively so that they will grow into responsible adults and nation builders,” she said.

NAN reports that World Radio Day was first proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, on Feb. 13.

Radio is considered globally, as a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity, and it constitute a platform for democratic discourse.

The WRD 2020, UNESCO urged radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves.

This edition of WRD is divided into three main sub-themes: Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters.

“Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse society groups.

“Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences.”

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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