The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on everyone to resolve to use radio for human progress especially at this time the global attention is on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. ‘For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news,’ he continued, ‘radio brings lifesaving information.’
Representing the Secretary General at the 2016 World Radio Day observance in Lagos, the Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, noted that radio could help in emergency response operations just as it could assist with rebuilding. In apparent reference to the theme of this year’s observance: ‘Radio in times of emergencies and disasters’, the Secretary General charged everyone to find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies.
The 2016 World Radio Day observance in Nigeria was a 3-Day activities organised by UNIC Lagos and the Association of Voice-Over Artistes (AVOA) Nigeria. The activities started with a press conference on Thursday 11 February, a students’ excursion to UNIC office and Inspiration FM Lagos on Friday 12 February as well as a seminar held on Saturday 13 February 2016. Mr Ban added that through community radio, local people could raise their voices and be heard.
Speaking, the President of AVOA, Mr Ehi Omokhuale, observed that the radio was a companion for both the rich and the poor and a credible source of life-saving information and a veritable tool of development.
Responding to questions, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, disclosed that the United Nations through its specialized Agencies, Programmes and Funds, has supported the development of radio broadcasting through institutional capacity building.