Namibia’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya said, radio in the country still remains the most reliable, timely and intimate medium for communication.
“Despite revolutionary transformations that brought about social media tools like Facebook, twitter, Instagram and many others in Namibia, radio still plays a massive role in disseminating information in Namibia,” he said.
According to the minister, Namibia bears testimony on the effectiveness of radio in sharing information, as currently the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has issued 34 Broadcasting license.
“At present, Namibia has radio coverage of 78 percent and committed to reach 100 percent across the country,” he said.
Tweya said, excellent programming skills together with good production, can improve knowledge and enhance radio as a platform to find solutions for community development problems.
“The communities depend on you to ensure that they receive accurate information on issues of national importance as well as the day to day happenings so that they are able to make informed decisions,” he said.
Meanwhile at the event the minister, called upon all radio stations to, make use of these platforms to clarify, discuss, inform and entertain by engaging the listeners on issues that contribute to Sustainable Development Goals and issues that benefit the nation.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed Feb.13 as World Radio Day on the Sept. 29 2011. The theme for the 2017 edition is “Radio is You!”, a call for greater participation of audiences and communities in the policy and planning of radio broadcasting. Enditem