Foundation wants radio prioritised in anti-graft fight
Macarthur Foundation has led other Nigerian civil society organisations to acknowledge the impact of an anti-corruption radio programme, Public Conscience, on government and citizens, calling for radio to be prioritised in the fight against graft in the country.
Deputy Director (Africa office) of the foundation, Dayo Olaide, made the commendations on Wednesday during the programme produced by Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development (PRIMORG) in Abuja.
According to Olaide, funding the programme by MacArthur Foundation has added significant value to the fight against corruption in Nigeria, as Public Conscience affords citizens the opportunity to be informed and also get feedback that can inform communication with the different agencies responsible for driving the anti-graft fight in the country.
He noted that the use of media in the fight against the menace is key because more Nigerians can be reached through the radio at the same time.
“The radio is able to reach millions of people; it enables the fight against corruption. Nothing can be more empowering than the type of work PRIMORG is doing and I think it is really rewarding to say that a lot of Nigerians, whether they are professionals or not, are able to call into radio town hall meetings, talk during Vox pop.”
Earlier, the Executive Director of PRIMORG, Okhiria Agbonsuremi, said that the programme was created to prick the conscience of citizens and make the government take necessary democratic actions against corruption, and also to reawaken citizens’ consciences through radio across many states of the country.
“We have been able to get at least 15 states cutting across five geo-political zones in Nigeria, with the exemption of the Northeast, and we have created content that reaches over 10 million listeners weekly through syndication of Public Conscience in many radio stations across Nigeria,” Agbonsuremi said.
Similarly, the Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekpere, while speaking on how much Nigeria needs programmes like Public Conscience, said: “There are quite a number of programmes but whatever success that must be made must be a product of some form of people coming together, attacking the challenges from all sides, and after some time, people. Definitely the programme has made some progress in terms of bringing these disputes to the front line of national discourse, but change does not happen in a day.”
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