The Nigeria Community Radio Coalition (NCRC) welcomes the announcement of Mr. President’s approval of Community Radio licenses in the country.
We congratulate the Federal Government, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), advocates in grassroots communities, civil society, academia, media and other development stakeholders, for this achievement.
We recall that the advocacy for the licensing of Community Radio in the past twelve years, has recorded such milestones as the development of a National Policy Document on community radio development in 2006 and the 2010 pronouncement by President Jonathan that community radio should become a part of the Nigerian media landscape. The approval of licenses, now done, is a climax of milestones.
As it is happening in other parts of the world, the introduction of community radio will bring positives to our country. It will, among other things, expand the pluralism of the media sector, cater to the large under-served sections of the population, and help to address the country’s development challenges at the grassroots.
The NCRC is available and ready to work with the regulatory body, the NBC, to ensure the emergence of community radio stations which operate professionally, demonstrate global standards and help to achieve the development objectives of our great country.
For: Nigeria Community Radio Coalition (NCRC)
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