Radio is a guest of honour: Hybaskova

14 Feb 2016 17:10pm
GOBABIS, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The Epako Community Hall was on Saturday packed to the brim with community members from various settlements within Gobabis and surrounding areas who turned up to celebrate the power of radio – a medium of communication that they really appreciate.
World Radio Day, which is commemorated each year on 13 February, was this year celebrated in Gobabis under the theme ‘Radio in times of emergency and disaster’.
The theme applies to Namibia in view of the drought and floods that have been witnessed in many parts of the country.
A resident of Gobabis, Pandeni Uitele, said the town is growing and there is a need for radio to share information and ideas for development.
“Despite the good music we listen to through radio, I think the most important is the sharing of information, because when there are job opportunities or very important information to be shared, radio is the best companion,” he told Nampa on the sidelines of the celebrations.
He added that purchasing a radio is cheaper and makes it more accessible to many people regardless of their economic status, as opposed to newspapers, television and the Internet that require more funds and literacy.
“Radio is always first; if you do not have the means to buy a newspaper or television, radio will always be there for you,” said Uitele with confidence.
Another Gobabis resident, Kaserandu Hikuama, termed radio as a great medium of communication that distributes information in a fast and reliable manner.
“In fact, I heard of the World Radio Day celebrations on radio and I am very happy to be here just like radio has been there for me.”
Delivering his address at the celebration, Governor of Omaheke Region Festus Uitele characterised radio as a critical element for the agricultural sector and livestock farmers in the region in keeping up with global agricultural trends.
“Without proper information, our people will be left out. Therefore, the importance of radio cannot be over-emphasised, especially for the farmers and the agricultural sector in the Omaheke Region. It has contributed to the development of the region in its own respect and continues to do so, even today,” he said.
Also speaking during the event, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia, Jana Hybaskova said radio is a daily guest that brings information and is notably the first ever telecommunication medium of all time.
“Radio is a guest of honour and it shares information that is correct, moral and ethical in many regards,” she said.
Italian physicist, Gugliemo Marconi is accredited for the invention of radio in 1894 when he built the first complete wireless telegraphy system using radio waves to replace the wires regularly used in transmitting telegraphs. From there, the technology was applied to war aircrafts for transmitting locations and was later commercialised into what we know today as radio.
Some of those in attendance at the celebration were Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
World Radio Day was proclaimed on 03 November 2011 by the 36th United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (Unesco) General Conference.