Abuja – The Federal Government has urged the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) to use its medium to join the fight against corruption and insurgency in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, gave the advice on Monday at the 2015 FRCN Annual Lecture in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the topic of the lecture is “Managing Change in a Democracy: The Nigerian Situation.”
Muhammed, who described FRCN as the largest network station in Africa, said it had no limitation as people at the grassroots did not need to have internet facilities before getting information through their radio.
“FRCN as a western broadcaster must partner with the Federal Government to propagate the change agenda in such a way that Nigerians will not just hold it but like it.
“I look forward to a time when I will hear more creative jingles on various FRCN stations on the fight against corruption and war on terrorism.
“I look forward to a time that various FRCN stations will have more special bulletins to intimate Nigerians on the implementation of change agenda.
“I hope the FRCN will take up this challenge,’’ he said.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion, blamed the underdevelopment in the country on poor leadership.
Okorocha, who described leaders as managers of various institutions and organisations, said leaders should be held responsible for failing to provide security and welfare for their followers.
The governor said that “our democracy has produced political leaders who only think of next elections without thinking of providing security and welfare which are primary purpose of government.”
Okorocha said there was the need for the Federal Government’s change mantra to address issues of corruption, ethnic difference and insurgency.
He said that “there is no nation that can be built under this situation.’’
Okorocha said that there was the need to decentralise powers of government as there were too much powers at the federal level.
The Director-General of FRCN, Dr Ladan Salihu, said the corporation organised its annual lecture to sustain its mandate of uplifting the people and uniting the nation. (NAN)