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8 mai 2010 6 08 /05 /mai /2010 12:14

Local radio stations are to receive better care in the day’s a head.

The information was disclosed in Yaoundé last Friday by communication Minister ISSA TCHIROMA BAKARI & UNESCO representative Benoît Sossou during the official presentation of the evaluation report of local radio station in Cameroon .

issa tchiromaThe report document was written against the backdrop of detecting the failures and successes in local radio stations across the country revealed that those from the towns of Ebolowa, Baham and SA’A for instance are not functioning because the equipment have been destroyed or are too old, or their airtime has been suspended due to unpaid taxes. For one more reason, they lack financial means or have precarious earning. Meanwhile other radio stations are operational with high financial material resources, though the status of employers is not always clear. As a matter of fact, most radio stations lack legal documents; ¾ of members leave far from radio stations and they don’t meet frequently. Added to these the lack of logistics.

However, United National Educational, scientific and cultural organization representative in Yaoundé remarkes that many programmes on in those radio stations are carried out in vernaculars. Many are produced in partnership with institutions and the core issues discussed are AIDS, Agriculture, human rights and, Malaria  amongst others. That which is highly appreciated by listeners. But, radio programmes presenters are more often incompetent. They need to be well trained.

As part of suggestions made by the programmes costumers, the airtime should be reviewed local radio station should close late at night to allow them take advantage of their free time and enjoy the programmes best. For they have said the programmes provide tips for housewives and husbands, and youths in general and give detailed information about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, and above all favours change in life style.

The survey which was successful thanks to the participative approach led to the following conclusion: the creation of a local radio stations forum in May; a definition of rules and regulations in radio stations; the choice of equipment, functioning and funding; training of presenters and the content of programmes, should be taken as the basis for a smooth take off and the survival of local radio stations.

The evaluation report was presented in the presence of Thierry Mertes United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development programme resident representative in Cameroon . He reiterated the importance of local radio station in social development. He further encourages government effort to maintain, rehabilitate 15 multi-media centers in the up coming days. To quote Thierry Mertes ‘‘local radio stations and multi-media center are a source of cultural exchange for life, hope and other strong emotions human beings can share. It is a tool for communication, dialogue and sensitization’’.

  Josiane TABI

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  • Sylvain Timamo est journaliste camerounais et depuis quelques années,il est éditeur du journal Scores 2000. Propriétaire du Magazine International Culturel et Touristique "Le Chasseur".
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