Federal Government Vows Support for Expansion of Community Radio Stations

In commemoration of World Radio Day, celebrated annually on February 13, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has affirmed the Federal Government’s dedication to bolstering community radio as a tool to fortify democracy in Nigeria.

Highlighting the theme for this year’s celebration, “Radio: A century informing, entertaining, and educating,” Idris emphasized the enduring significance of radio as a communication medium, despite the rise of social media.

Idris underscored radio’s pivotal role in shaping public opinion, fostering cultural unity, and providing a platform for diverse voices to be heard. He acknowledged the government’s efforts to reform the process of establishing community radio stations to ensure wider access to credible information.

With currently 89 licensed community radio stations in Nigeria, the government aims to create a more conducive environment for the emergence of new stations while enhancing the capacity of existing ones. This commitment aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda for national renewal.

Idris urged investments in community radio, asserting that such initiatives would strengthen democracy, promote social cohesion, and improve access to reliable information, particularly in rural areas. He also pledged collaboration with UNESCO to drive reforms and enhance the sector’s capacity for effective information dissemination.