The Nigerian Federal Government has announced its acquisition of an Amplitude Modulation radio broadcast licence to reach cattle herdsmen across various locations in the country as parts of measures to enhance nomadic education.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who stated this in Abuja during a press conference interview said that the establishment of the radio frequency was one of the means adapted to end the perennial farmers-herders crises across the country.
Mr Adamu Adamu stated that the radio service at on frequency of 720KHz would air in only Fulani language. This he said that the government believes radio is one of the viable means to reach the herdsmen. He stated that plans were being made to secure funds for acquiring and installation of needed transmission equipment to ensure a successful take-off of the radio station.
The radio service will serve as a vehicle for social mobilisation 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.
Subsequently, the executive Secretary on National Commission for Nomadic Education, Prof. Bashir Usman, Hausa broadcasters are being contacted to develop over-the-air contents that would add spice to the commission’s effort towards mass education of the target group.
A typical Fulani herdsmen is commonly equipped with a radio device even as the move with their cattle down south and up north.