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, noting,” no 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 said community radio stations should be strengthened, encouraged and promoted in order to enhance community development at the grass roots level. These assertions were contained a in speech delivered on behalf of Vice President Boakai during the celebration of the eleventh anniversary 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 vital areas of our 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. In a congratulatory letter to the management and staff of Super Bongese Radio in Gbarnga, Vice President Boakai wrote” I extend you and the Staff of Super Bongese warmest greetings on the occasion marking the 11th anniversary and noted that Super Bongese and other community radio stations in the counties can play a critical role in support of government’s quest to strengthen our democracy by encouraging popular participation. Vice President Boakai added that I employ 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 release said.-Presslease