The Lavun Community Radio station in Kutigi, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State has become the first true community radio station to hit the Nigeria’s airwaves with its signals. The station, established with support of the World Bank’s Fadama II and III projects, gives farmers a vehicle to share agricultural, health and educational information with both the local community and the whole of Niger State.
The feat of being the first true community radio station to hit Nigeria’s airwaves was achieved through years of hard work by community broadcasting advocates.
Broadcasting on the 95.5Kh in the FM band, Lavun Community Radio was commissioned by the State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello who assured all of the government’s willingness to sustain the station.
Speaking at the station’s commissioning, the chairman Board of Trustees of the station, Chief Nathaniel Ndakogi Turaki, represented by Alhaji Abubakar Daura, a former Chairman of Lavun local government council, disclosed that, the radio station was a project initiated by the World Bank, Federal Government and Lavun Local Government in 2006.
He said that the station’s equipment is the first of its kind in Nigeria and was installed in 2013 while the licence was granted in 2015.
He enumerated some challenges that that he said the station will confront including funding, transportation, fence, lack of road network among others.
Farmers are already reported to be feeling the impact of the new radio station in the area of shea butter processing and value addition.