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NBC CELEBRATES WORLD RADIO DAY 2016

  • February 12, 2016
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NBC CELEBRATES WORLD RADIO DAY 2016

Today, February 13, 2016 is World Radio Day. It is a day set aside by the United Nations and recognized worldwide as a global day to celebrate radio as a medium of communication; to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters.

With the theme: “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”, this year’s celebration is focused on discussing Freedom of expression and journalists’ safety during coverage of disasters and how radio empowers survivors and vulnerable people whose right to privacy is to be respected.  This theme is very relevant to us in Nigeria, in the face of mindless killing of innocent Nigerians by a misguided sect, known as Bokoharam, as well as perennial floods, which together have continued to devastate homes and farmlands and create millions of internally displaced persons in Nigeria.

At the National Broadcasting Commission, we recognise radio as an effective medium to reach remote communities and vulnerable people to provide necessary information, essential to saving lives.  We also recognise the need to ensure the safety of journalists as they cover disasters.  We call for adequate insurance cover for journalists and well as reasonable access to ground zero in all cases. 

We therefore urge Radio broadcasters to recognize the power they have and exercise such with great responsibility and sensitivity.  They should produce programmes that present radio as a lifeline during emergencies and help to empower people in devastated communities.  They should also provide the citizenry with information that would empower them, give them a means of livelihood and sense of dignity.

Radio must also give access to the people to express themselves and participate in the decision-making process that would affect their lives.  In line with this, the Commission is empowering the local people to raise their voices and be heard through the grant of community radio licenses.  

The Commission remains committed to protecting our radio frequencies and making sure they are available in times of emergency.  And with the successful switchover to digital broadcasting, the Commission hopes to promote the effective utilization of the spectrum, as a tool for national development.

As we mark this year’s World Radio Day, we join the United Nations to urge all radio broadcasters in Nigeria to use radio to promote the sustainable development goals, to transform our world and demonstrate that, indeed, radio saves lives.

Happy World Radio Day Nigerians!

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