Civil Society Organization Raised Concerns Over Non-functionality Of Radio Kogi

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A prominent civil society organization, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR), has decried the prolonged non-functional state of Kogi State-owned radio station.

In a statement issued in Lokoja on Tuesday, the Executive Director of CHRCR, Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul decried that the only state-owned radio station has since being off-air since March 2021.

Miliki express worries that the premises of the radio station is currently in a sorry state.

“It is regrettable to note that since March 2021 or thereabout, the Kogi State owned Radio Station have been Off-Air without any noticeable justification nor verifiable explanation by the State government as to why the radio station has non-functional.

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We have neither seen any genuine efforts been made since then to put it back On-Air.

Recalls that since the 31 years of Kogi State existence , The State is yet to establish her own television station in this 21st Century.

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A critical look at the Budget 2022, the Kogi State Government spent N140,219,589 only on Kogi Broadcasting Co-operation.
Likewise the 2023 approve budget, signed by Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, N299,947,255 have been high marked for Kogi Broadcasting Co-operation. In a digital era, what can this amount do? Or how can such amount improve a medium that have been off air for the past 18 months or thereabout.

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We call on the Kogi Governor as a matter of urgency to declare state of emergency on Kogi State Broadcasting Co-operation and to pay a working visit to the Kogi State Radio without further delay to save this all importance media from imminent collapse.

2023 elections is here, and regrettably Kogi Radio has no roll to play. We call on the Kogi State Government to urgently bring Kogi Radio Station back On-Air without further delay.

*Sign:*

*IDRIS MILIKI ABDUL,*
Executive Director,
Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR),
Lokoja, Kogi State.

*Date: 24th January, 2023*




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