By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has expressed satisfaction with the sound professional conducts of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, in the coverage of the recently concluded 2019 general election in the country.
The governor stated this while declaring open the first content summit of the FRCN, Ibadan Zonal Station, holding at Elizade university, Ilara Mokin in ifedore local government area of the State.
The theme of the two day summit is “Commercialisation and Professionalism in Broadcasting : Striking The balance”.
The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Content Summit is the first in the history of the Ibadan Zonal Station of the organisation where over seventy participants are attending.
Declaring the summit open, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu described Radio Nigeria, as a unifying factor through operational contents since its establishment especially disseminating news and programmes in major languages in the country.
“Radio Nigeria started as NBS, they will read news in English, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and Fufide languages. This unite the country, and educate us about the rich cultures of Nigerians. Today Radio Nigeria has seven Stations in the south west (apart from Lagos state), this is commendable”.
He said, “to us in Ondo state, Radio Nigeria is a medium of communication that is endeared to our heart, that serves us well through Positive FM, Akure. You have contributed immensely to the national cohesion”.
The governor who said he monitored the last 2019 elections through Radio Nigeria and a television station, commended the professionalism of the Corporation in the coverage of the 2019 general election particularly reporting election matters from every part of the country objectively.
Mr Akeredolu who also expressed satisfaction with balanced news contents of Radio Nigeria Positive FM Akure, described the Zonal Content Summit as timely in view of therefore strong competition in the modern media industry.
Akeredolu opined that, “somebody spoke about (2019) election, for some of us who still listen to radio, we will know that Radio Nigeria covered and brought news to us from all the nooks and crannies of the country during the elections, you brought elections news objectively”.
He affirmed that Radio Nigeria remains flagship of Radio Broadcasting in Nigeria and continue to set the pace for others to follow.
“To me, Radio Nigeria is still leading and remains the flagship of radio broadcasting in Nigeria, I hope you will continue to set pace for others to follow, you can’t afford to go less”.
Speaking on the theme of the Summit, Mr Akeredolu said it would be difficult to strike the balance between commercialisation and professionalism in view of poor funding of media industry.
“It is not easy to strike balance between commercialisation and professionalism, without making money how can you run a (radio) station, money is very crucial. However, doing thing in the right ways should not be sacrifice for money. Professionalism should not be sacrificed for money because unbiased, objective news content is the most important to the public”.
In a remark, the Director General, FRCN, Dr Mansur Liman represented by the Director, Lagos Operation centre, Prince Adeyinka Amosu, expressed delight that no radio Nigeria station was sanctioned for unprofessional conducts during the last 2019 general election, which he said clearly confirmed the leading position of FRCN in the media industry in the world.
The Zonal director, Ibadan Zonal station, Alhaji Mohammed Bello said the Summit was organised to strategise on how Radio Nigeria would cope with stiffer competition in the broadcasting industry.
The General Manager, Radio Positive FM, Mr Tunde Abiodun expressed appreciation to the Ondo state government and the Elizade university for providing an enabling environment for the hosting of the Summit.
The chairman of the occasion and Ondo state Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Bode Famose commended Management of Radio Nigeria for approving the Content Summit at this critical time.
The Vice Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Professor Olukayode Amund, said the Radio Nigeria slogan of uplifting the people and Uniting the nation as very vital to the peaceful coexistence of the country.
The opening ceremony of the Summit was attended by the state deputy governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, the governor’s Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, the Secretary to the State government (SSG), Mr Sunday Abegunde, the State Commissioner for information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, other top government functionaries, the Alara of Ilara-Mokin, Oba Aderemi Adefehinti and the Founder of Elizade university, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo while the participants were drawn from all the operational departments of Radio Nigeria FM and zonal stations in Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states.