FG to establish radio station for herdsmen


The federal government said plan is afoot to establish a radio station that would primarily disseminate information to herdsmen across the country.

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, unveiled the plan on Wednesday in Abuja during an interactive session with newsmen where he explained the rationale behind the idea.

Giving detail of the project, Adamu said the Federal Government had acquired an Amplitude Modulation broadcast radio licence for the herdsmen as part of efforts to end perennial farmers-herders’ clashes.

He added that the radio station when it becomes operational will operate on frequency of 720 KHz and will broadcast in the Fulfulde language, a language  spoken by the Fulani people.

His word, “The radio service will serve as a vehicle for social mobilisation and education, in addition to interactive radio instruction methodology that will be adopted to reach the very hard-to-reach segment of our target population.

“Additionally, it will enhance our capacity to address crisis between herders and farmers with attendant consequences to loss of lives, destruction of productive assets, nomadic schools, facilities teaching and learning resources.”

The said plan is generating ripples drawing criticism from the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and socio-cultural groups, Afenifere and Ohaeneze.

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