The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday charged radio broadcasting professionals in the country to be the vanguards of societal values through the promotion of
peace, unity, harmony, fairness, love and affection among the people in the society.
He said the time has come for journalists to rededicate themselves and do away with divisive and chaotic tendencies in discharging their duties.
Aregbesola made the statement during the official commissioning of the Oodua Radio Station, in Ile-Ife, Osun state.
He said media practitioners must avoid sensationalism just as they are required to promote accuracy, balance and objectivity and support the government’s efforts in promoting innovative and technology-based ideas to move the nation forward.
He condemned the way and manner in which some media practitioners have bastardized the profession for personal interests, saying if not that his government has developed thick skin, some media practitioners would have successfully collapsed his administration with evil antics and incitement.
Commending the owner of Oodua Radio, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, for being visionary, Aregbesola disclosed that with the establishment of the new station, the State of Osun now hosts four private radio stations.
He called on the management of the station to always employ precautionary measures in all its activities and not wait until being sanctioned by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) before being regulated.
Aregbesola further urged the authority of the station not to allow itself to be hijacked by disgruntled politicians who according to him, derive pleasures from self-serving interests.
“My advise for the owner and the entire management of this station is to use the medium wisely to promote peaceful coexistence among the people in yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.
“Please do not politicise your activities in this radio station. Let this establishment be for the promotion of the highest values and ethos of yoruba people.
“Shun any divisive tendency and use this station for educational purpose. Use it to promote our culture and balanced entertainment. Also, use this station to promote industry, productivity and efficiency as these will go a long way in rescuing our society from the current recession we are all in.
Aregbesola called on the residents of Ile-Ife and its environs to avoid using the new station to cause violence, crisis and chaos, but rather, they should see it as a medium to further seal peace and unity of Nigerian people.
Lamenting on the depleting state of the nation’s economy, Aregbesola hinted media practitioners to design programmes that would quicken the recovery of the nation’s values and socio-economic and democratic loses.
The Southwest Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mrs. Pauline Ehusani, called on the management of the new radio station to reflect on their performance the quality of truthful and fair journalism.
She tasked the station on the need to prioritise objectivity, accuracy and correctness, saying radio station must always be a medium of knowledge acquisition.
Ehusani, who represented the Director General of the Commission, implored the management of the station to always act within the constitutional frameworks of their profession and as well avoid anything that can make the station deviate from the NBC’s rules, guidelines and regulations.
“Let fairness and balance be your watchwords as the station starts to perform its roles in educating, informing and orientating the public on the happenings in the world”, she added.
Earlier in his welcome address, Makinde said the station would be the mouth piece through which the gospel of unity, love, peace and harmony of Nigerian people would be preached.
He promised that the newly commissioned radio station would perform its constitutional roles to re-echo the noble call of peaceful coexistence of the Nigerian people.
Makinde, a former National Assembly member in Ife Federal Constituency, described the commissioning as the birth of a hub of professional, unbiased broadcasting in Nigeria.
He added, “Oodua Fm is open to all to give the general public the required quality broadcasting and let me assure the National Broadcasting Commission that we shall do all our best to conform with the rules and regulations as spelt out by the Nigerian Broadcasting Code.
He added, “We are open to constructive criticisms and correction; in togetherness we shall positively influence our environment.
Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who was represented by Obalufe of Ile-Ife, Oba Idowu Olaniyi Adediwura and Father of the Day who doubled as Asiwaju of Ile-Ife, Chief Alex Eluyemi, eulogized the owner of the station (Rotimi Makinde) for his contributions towards human and capital developments in Ifeland.