Ibadan — A Yoruba-biased radio station has been opened in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, with a view to saving the Yoruba language from going into extinction.
The radio station which devotes 50 per cent of its air time to Yoruba programmes, 30 per cent to Pidgin English and 20 per cent to English Language was set up by a veteran broadcaster, Otunba Ayodeji Osibogun.
Otunba Osibogun, who is the Chairman, Board of Governors of the new media outfit told newsmen in the Oyo State capital as part of activities to formally unveil Space FM 90.1 Radio Station, that Yoruba race with the 7th largest population in the world, should be saved from having its language going into extinction.
While describing information dissemination as a necessary tool for peace in the society, he emphasized that “no amount of information disseminated is too much in order to enhance peace in the society.”
According to him, the location of the new community radio station in Ibadan was “influenced by its philosophy of producing and presenting programmes that would appeal to the diverse people, and indeed, programmes that would be research-based, and that should be able to inspire and accelerate the development of the environment.”
He remarked that the Radio Station which also promises to set new standards in broadcasting in the country through its participatory and developmental journalism had already commenced a 24-hour test transmission.
He insisted that “while we will always strive to be objective and balanced in our news reportage, we promise not to be partisan.”
The management team of the radio station is headed by a retired Zonal Director of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Elder Dada Ogundele, while other directors include a former Commissioner for Information in Ogun State, Chief Fassy Yusuf and Mrs. Adebola Osibogun.