World radio day: NGO canvasses for peaceful election through radio

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As the world celebrate the ‘world radio day,’ the ‘Youth Orientation for Development’ a UNESCO NGO in Nigeria has enjoined broadcasters and the public to recognize the power of radio and deploy it as a veritable tool for peace, dialogue and tolerance at the general election.

PEPLNEWS reports that the president, ‘Youth Orientation for Development,’ Ambassador Emmanuel Ejiogu during his speech stressed that, as the 2019 election is of utmost concern to citizens within and diasporans, radio remains one of the most effective medium to ensuring free and fair election and consolidating democratic dividends, hence the pressing reason to embrace it by Nigerians as they go all out to the polls.

According to him, ”There is no doubt that this election is a matter of most concern for everyone within and outside Nigeria. The prayer of everyone is to have a peaceful, free and fair election that will help to consolidate our democratic gains in the last twenty years and one of the most effective medium that can help achieve this is the radio.”

Emmanuel Ejiogu,(right) at the Unilag radio studio

The NGO in collaboration with Unilag 103.1 Fm hosted students to lend their voices to the nation’s current challenges.

The world radio day 2019 theme; Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace in the 2019 Nigeria General Election is deliberately fashioned towards solving the bedeviling global economic, political and religious challenges especially in our nation, Nigeria.

Cross section of parents, students and broadcasters at the world radio day

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The Ambassador noted that the radio, providing a fast means of interaction among the people, promotes positive change in the society.

In his words: radio is still the most dynamic, reactive and engaging medium, radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue for change.”

Expressing his desire further, he explained that the periods before, during and after the elections, ”there will be peace and tolerance all over the nation and across all divides.”