MJN identifies with Raypower FM at 28
Media Justice Nigeria has congratulated the board and management of Raypower 100FM radio station, an arm of DAAR Communications Limited, as it marks its 28th anniversary of continuous radio broadcasting and as the first privately owned radio station in Nigeria.
In a statement, MJN Director, Anote Ajeluorou, said: “This is a commendable milestone of resilience and staying power in a country, where businesses hardly live beyond their first decade of existence.
“In spite of a harsh economic operating environment, Raypower 100.5 FM has weathered various storms to attain its pioneering role as a radio station of choice.
“Media Justice Nigeria salutes Raypower 100FM and wishes it more years of corporate existence to continue broadcasting quality news and programming that impact society and help advance Nigeria’s democratic space.
“It must be noted that the introduction of Raypower 100FM into the Nigerian radio broadcast ecosystem not only expanded the space but also offered Nigerians alternative choice and voice away from the old order of only government-owned radio stations that fed citizens only government-sanctioned news and programming.”
Established on September 1, 1994, at the height of military rule with its uncertainty, some five years before the current political dispensation in 1999, Raypower 100.5 FM has, according to Ajeluorou, “indeed come a long way in blazing the trail and helping to liberalise and democratise radio broadcasting in the country, pave the way for others to venture into the terrain.”
He went on: “However, while Media Justice Nigeria commends this milestone, it also urges the pioneer radio station to keep to the path of objective reportage and factual presentation of news and programming so that all segments of society are treated with fairness and equity. Radio, because of its instant messaging and ease of access, is vital in the communication and information dissemination ecosystem. This must not be taken for granted, but with a sense of responsibility and decorum, particularly in era of political transition as this.
“It bears emphasising that only a strict adherence to the ethics of broadcasting that stress fairness, balanced reportage, listening to all sides of an argument and all political divides should be the norm rather than the exception. This is the only guarantee for continuous credibility and acceptability of the station.
“Also, Media Justice Nigeria urges Raypower 100FM and all broadcasting stations and media platforms to devote a substantial proportion of their content to vulnerable segments of society. These include women, children and people with disabilities of any kind. These vulnerable groups also deserve being given a voice to amplify their issues and be heard both by government and public-spirited individuals with a view to speedily assuaging their plights. These people have a right to also be heard, as their wellbeing is of importance to society.”