The Federal Government has enjoined radio stations across the country to uphold professional ethics in the discharge of their duties.
The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday in commemoration of World Radio Day also pledged its commitment to expand the community radio as a tool to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
The statement read, “Today, I join the global radio audience to celebrate the 2024 World Radio Day as proclaimed and adopted as an International Day by member states of UNESCO.
“The theme for 2024 is ‘Radio: A Century of Informing, Entertaining and Educating.’ This theme reflects the remarkable achievement of radio as a means of communication and information for over 100 years, despite the advent of social media. It also highlights the promise of a dynamic future for radio as a platform that has stood the test of time.”
Idris stated that the radio has been an “essential medium of communication in Nigeria since 1933. Its unique ability to reach a wide audience makes it an ideal tool for disseminating government plans and programs to all levels of society, including the grassroots.
“Radio has played a vital role in shaping public opinion and promoting cultural unity in our diverse nation. It provides a platform for people of all backgrounds to speak out, be represented, and be heard, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. In recent times, radio has also become a valuable means of conflict resolution and a source of hope for the oppressed.
“As Nigeria celebrates with the rest of the world, I urge all radio stations, whether traditional or online, to be more responsible in their operations by adhering to the principles and ethics of broadcasting.
“Editorial functions, such as fact-checking, objectivity, and balance, must be ensured before news is released. We must uphold the credibility and trust associated with radio, which most Nigerians value highly.”
“Finally, I congratulate radio listeners and urge them to use radio to learn, grow, and make their voices heard. I congratulate UNESCO for reminding us of the value radio adds to our lives. Happy World Radio Day!,” the minister concluded.
World Radio Day is celebrated annually every February 13.