Abuja Residents Call for More Women participation on World Radio Day
By: Uche William
International World Radio Day celebrated on the13th day of February ever year, is proclaimed by the UNESCO to draw attention to the unique value of radio which remains the medium with the furthest and widest reach to diverse audiences at the click of a button especially with the new technologies and devices.
Some radio lovers in Abuja agree that women have little representation even though radio remains the best and cheapest traditional means of information dissemination.
According to the Deputy Director, Voter Education and Publicity of the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC, Alhaji Aliyu Bello, though there is equal access to radio in Nigeria, media owners and practitioners should endeavour to upgrade their programme content since radio has the ability to shape a society’s diversity and stand as an arena for all voices to speak, be represented and heard.
He however noted that Nigerians are now selective of what content they listen to and urged radio stations to improve their content or become irrelevant.
For the Executive Director, International Press Center-IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade radio stations in Nigeria should adopt editorial guidelines that will ensure that no segment of Nigerians is exempted in their programs.
He also agreed that though radio stations in Nigeria have tried to give access to diverse settlement of citizens of the society with different programmes, media owners must give equal access to promote inclusive issues in their programs.
Also, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists-NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo described radio as a unifying factor that should not be played down and no group alienated.
He said that though women are effectively taking over the reins of administration of many radio stations, women are still poorly represented as they are not really taking advantage of the airwaves to pursue their cause this according to the NUJ national President, showcases women as little lovers of themselves.
For the Chairman of NUJ FCT council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and Mrs. Maryanne Okonkwo, though radio ownership can be described as the most democratized venture in Nigeria, women are still poorly represented as many of them are afraid to speak out.
They called for more sensitization and encouraged radio producers to always think of ways of including women in their productions for adequate balance.