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Kokoyah break ground for first community radio station in Botota (Liberia)

Wednesday 10 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Kokoyah District, Brussels, February 10th, 2016 (SIGNIS/Front page Africa online). Citizens of Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County under the banner, Kokoyah Citizens Union (KOCU) has broken ground for the construction of the first community radio station in that part of Liberia.

The ground breaking ceremony of Voice of Kokoyah (VOK) took place in Botota over the weekend. The ceremony brought together citizens from the three sub-districts of Kokoyah Statutory including Boinsein, Togbagblee and Sub-Kokoyah as well as citizens of Kpaai in District number one of Bong County.

Giving the overview of the program, the President of the Kokoyah Citizens Union, James D. Jackson said the initiative was meant to provide easy access to information and security for citizens of Kokoyah. According to Mr. Jackson, citizens of the district in requested the construction of a community radio station so that they could have an easier way to send and receive information.

The construction of the building that will host Voice of Kokoyah is expected to begin shortly while the purchasing of studio equipment is being finalized. Making remarks during the launch of the station, chiefs, elders, youth and women groups headed by Kokoyah Statutory District Superintendent, Nixon Kpee, thanked KOCU for the initiative describing it as timely and a worthy cause for the people of the district.

The Internews Senior Radio Advisor used the occasion and called on citizens of the district and Executives of KOCU to build a community radio station that will be the voice of the people void of hatred, envy, jealousy and tribalism. She wants a community radio station that will air developmental initiatives, views and issues affecting citizens of the district free of biases. Mrs. Sulonteh-Brown pledged her institution’s support to providing technical and capacity building supports to community radio stations that will maintain ethical poster of professional journalism and programming during their five years operations in Liberia.

In closing, Madam Brown urged the leadership of KOCU to bring on board trained and qualified professional media practitioners who will uphold the ethics of journalism in accordance with the profession and the Press Union of Liberia’s (PUL) Code of Conduct.

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