Mar 14, 2016
|Vice President Joseph N. Boakai|
MONROVIA, March 13 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has hailed community radio stations around the country for their meaningful role in bridging the communication gap between the Government and its people.
"Nno matter how good the policies of government are, if the people in the communities remain ignorant of these policies because of lack of information, the execution of national development programs and projects could experience a setback," he noted.
According to Vice President Boakai, community radio stations should be strengthened, encouraged and promoted in order to enhance community development at the grassroots level.
Boakai's statement was contained a in speech delivered on his behalf during the celebration of the 11thAnniversary of Super Bongese Radio in Gbarnga, Bong County over the weekend, by the Media Director to the Vice President, Atty. George Saah.
He said community radio stations are vital tools for the promotion of democratic values, commerce, health, agriculture and other key areas of the society.
He said they have also proven crucial in strengthening the rights to freedom of speech and expression and called on all community radio stations in Liberia to include peace and reconciliation in their programs.
Atty. Saah spoke on the theme: "The Role of Community Radio Stations in Rural Development."
"I implore you to strengthen the bridge of communication between government and the people by creating programs that foster development and allow popular participation in decision-making," a Vice Presidential press release quoted Boakai as saying in a letter to the radio on its anniversary.