The Federal Government has acquired an Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio broadcast license to reach out to herdsmen across various locations in the country as parts of measures to end farmers/herders crisis across some states and enhance nomadic education.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who confirmed the acquisition of the license in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the radio service would operate on a radio frequency of 720KHz, and will be strictly in Fulani language.
The minister said they realized that radio is the chosen means of news for herdsmen, hence, the need reach out to them through that means, with the message of peace, unity, tolerance and education.
He stated that plans were underway to secure funds for the procurement and installation of requisite transmission equipment for the successful take-off of the radio station. Adamu said:
“The radio service will serve as a vehicle for social mobilization 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.
“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 Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, Prof. Bashir Usman, said Hausa broadcasters have been contacted to develop programs that would add impetus to the commission’s effort towards mass education of the target group.