From: Biriowo Kazeem, Abuja
The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it has acquired an Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio broadcast licence to reach herdsmen across various locations in the country.
It described it as parts of measures to promote nomadic education.
Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, disclosed this in Abuja adding that the gesture was to further fix the lingering farmers-herders crises across the country.
According to him, the radio service would operate on frequency of 720KHz, and would air in Fulani language, stressing that the radio medium is one of the reliable platforms to reach the herders.
“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,” says Adamu.
“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 Minister further unveiled that are ongoing plans to secure funding to procurement and install needed transmission equipment.
In his remarks, Prof. Bashir Usman, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, noted that Hausa broadcasters have been contacted to develop programmes that would contribute to mandate of the commission including mass education of the selected group.