MICHAEL OLAIREWAJU, Ilorin.
The Director -General National Broadcast Commission (NBC) Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu has called on broadcast mediums in Nigeria to always promote Sustainable Development Goals that is all-inxlusive.
Kawu made the call while delivering his paper entitled “Broadcasting for Sustainable Development” at the 10th year anniversary of the University of Ilorin 89.3 FM Radio station in Ilorin the Kwara state capital.
According to him the broadcast industry has a vital role to play in achieving sustainable growth and development in our society.
Malam Kawu explained that the broadcaster must be conscious in ensuring the production of programme that will be understood by the audience to drive growth and development.
He urged the broadcasters to ensure excellence in their programmes to carry their audience along just as he challenged Unilorin to use its radio station to become vanguard of Sustainable Development Goals.
The Director-General of NBC also advised the managements of Campus/Community radio stations to ensure it was used to engender growth and development among the students as well as the larger society.
He called for the inclusion of better modules of training in the radio stations to help the students in adding a level of prestige to the programme.
He also enjoyed all broadcast stations to ensure they carry out their activities in line with the rules and regulation of the NBC.
Earlier in his address the Vice Chancellor University of Ilorin , Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem said the University of Ilorin radio station has contributed to the growth and development of its immediate community and beyond.
He disclosed that “the idea of establishing Unilorin 89.3 FM stemmed from the vision of the university to be an international center of excellence in learning, research, probity and service to community. The idea was vigorously pursued and directed by our energetic, visionary and purposeful former Vice-Chancellor and current Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, right from when he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, under Professor S.O. Amali.
“Through his relentless efforts that we will never forget, and that of the implementation committee he set up under the Chairmanship of Professor Lenrie Aina, the current National Librarian, we got an operating license in 2009. The radio station we are celebrating today began its test transmission from the fifth floor of the Senate Building. It was moved to its present location at the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences after the commissioning of the state of the art studio on the 22nd of October, 2011 by the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Good luck Ebele Jonathan who was represented by the then Minister of Education, Dr. Ruqqatat Ahmed Rufai.”
In his remark, the chairman of the Governing Board of the Station, Prof. Ayo Akinwande, stressed the need for journalists in the media industry most especially those in the broadcast genre to exercise discipline in order to excel in the industry.
He made mention of the period that the station was attacked by thunderstorm as the most challenging era in its existence in the last 10 years.
The Director of Information of the University, Mr. Kunle Akogun, narrated the complete history of the evolution of the radio station.
Highlights of the events was the presentation of a book chronicling the 10 years development of the station which was previewed by the Daily Editor of The Herald Newspapers, Mr. Yomi Adeboye, followed by presentation of awards of recognition to notable individuals within and outside the university community.
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