As World Radio Day is celebrated today, February 13, 2020, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has charged radio stations to devote air time to discuss on governance and citizenry in line to fundamental rights for the development of Imo State and Nigeria at large.
The Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Ogechi Ikeh noted that the radio stations need to encourage voices and promote freedom of expression thereby keying into national and regional discuss to entrench democratic values vis-a-vis ensuring that good governance gains root in the system.
She noted that the drive for good governance cannot be achieved by civil society organizations (CSOs) alone, hence require concerted integrated and amplified voices of individuals and other groups.
The Executive Director hinted that the radio station should create more free slots for the discuss/enlightenment on the violation of human rights, accountability, transparency and citizens participation in governance. It is the voices that pave way to mitigating the issues.
The theme of World Radio Day 2020 is “Radio and Diversity”. Radio is a ground-breaking medium for celebrating humanity in the entirety of its diversity and constitutes humanity democratic talk. At the worldwide level, radio remains the most generally expended medium. This novel capacity to connect the most extensive crowd implies radio can shape a general public’s experience of diversity, remain as a field for all voices be represented, to speak out, and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, perspectives, and content, and reflect the diversity of crowds in their associations and activities.
CCIDESOR is keen about the celebration of World Radio Day given that for free and fair society where citizens have unhindered access to basic human needs and safe environment, the role of the Radio stations will come highly useful