General Manager of Radio Niger: We Need More Radio Stations


Achanya, who expressed concern over the
number of radio stations in the country, said the
country was still lagging behind in information
dissemination through radio.
He added that there were more than 11,000 radio
stations in the United States alone, while
countries in Europe had more than the number in
Nigeria.

He said Nigeria was mature enough to have radio
stations in each community or in every local
government area for the purpose of informing the
people.
“Information is power; people should know what
is happening in their immediate community,
especially on issues bordering on security, health
and economy.

“Radio is the mouth organ of government, radio
will sensitise people about policies of
government, what the government is doing and
how it intends to do it.” The general manager also
called on children and women to take some time
to listen to Radio Niger because it airs many
UNICEF programmes.

He said “there are many issues bordering on
education, health and the general wellbeing of the
child, the girl-child especially, sponsored by
UNICEF.
“Such programmes help young women to
know the causes of Vesico Vaginal Fistula, polio
and the consequence of Female Genital
Mutilation, among others.”

He commended the people for listening to the
state radio, adding that 80 per cent of Niger
people listened to radio always. There are about
10 radio stations in the state, comprising private,
campus and government-owned.
Proclaimed by the UN Assembly in 2011, World
Radio Day is celebrated annually on Feb. 13 to
celebrate radio as a medium; to improve
international cooperation between broadcasters
and to encourage major networks.


The theme for 2017 edition is “Radio is you!” a
call for greater participation of audiences and
communities in the policy and planning of radio
broadcasting. 



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