On World Radio Day, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, delivered a speech calling on media houses and radio stations to use their platforms to promote peace and unity instead of contributing to conflict. The United Nations General Assembly declared World Radio Day in 2011, and it has since become a global celebration.
During his speech, the Minister highlighted the important role of radio in conflict resolution and prevention, as well as national development. He urged stakeholders to pay attention to areas where conflicts may arise and to use their platforms to promote peace.
“In Bawku and other places, I’m sure you are familiar with the stories of how media houses or radio sometimes have contributed to the conflict instead of helping to bring about peace in those places,” the Minister said. “On a day like this, we would like to remind our colleagues who operate in places where sometimes tension may rise, that we have a particular responsibility to help in the exercise to bring peace and unity and not necessarily fuel it.”
The Minister also emphasized the ability of radio to reach different people from different cultures and promote communication, understanding, and togetherness. He encouraged the public to rely on radio as their main source of information while working towards a peaceful society.
The Minister’s speech highlights the vital role that media and radio play in promoting peace and understanding in our society. It is a reminder that we all have a responsibility to use our platforms to build bridges and promote unity, rather than contributing to conflict and division.