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Why we broadcast in 3 languages - CEO Progress Radio FM

Posted by Admin on April 4, 2017 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (14)

Progress Radio FM, the first privately-owned radio station in Gombe State, was established by a broadcaster, Alhaji Ibrahim Biu, who is its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. In this interview, he explained the reason behind setting up the station, challenges faced since its official commissioning on February 8, 2016 among others.


CEO MD Progress Radio FM Gombe 

Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Madamin Biu

What informed the name Progress Radio?

It was five years ago that I decided to set up a radio station in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria being that I am a radio person for the past 30 years. I strongly believed that there was need to have a media outfit from this part of the country, to empower our youths and enlighten the citizens in politics, economic development and agriculture, because if we don’t do that, the North-East will continue to be backwards. I considered this very important. I decided to name it ‘Progress’ because we should progress from where we are to where we should be. 

The geo-political zone is blessed with abundant land and intellectuals. If we continue to be backwards, definitely we will be moving into darkness that could be worse than Boko Haram. I strongly believed that with a media outfit like Progress Radio, we can go higher and higher. The station is on air for only a year but has impacted tremendously on the people in the area of education, women empowerment, youth empowerment and politics. 

We are currently facing economic recession in the country. How were able to run the station despite the recession?

Unfortunately, we came at the time when the economy of the country is in a bad shape. But with determination and commitment, we are able to move on. It is not easy to pay salary, electricity bills, to fuel our generator, but we thank God we are still moving. 

Yes there are adverts but the economy of the North-East is in a bad shape. You can’t compare it with Kano, Kaduna or Lagos. The little we got from adverts, we use to buy diesel daily. We are spending at least N20, 000 daily on diesel, because we cannot rely on the public electricity supply. It is very painful to me if we go off air even for a minute, so we make sure our generator it is always ready. In the area of adverts is not much but we are working hard and moving on.

How do you come up with your programmes?

I have worked in the radio industry for over 30 years. I have worked with DW Hausa and VOA Hausa as a broadcaster and editor and after putting all these working experience, I came back to Nigeria and worked in the public service. I was head of the Public Relations Unit of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), during which I worked with so many media organisations. So I put up years of my experience in these places and came up with the quality programmes that will educate and entertain the audience. 

Also, before we came on air, we spent two months on test transmission. We will just assume that we are on air and listen to ourselves, criticize ourselves and make corrections. So the two months gave us the opportunity to rectify our problems and mistakes.

How was the journey since commissioning the station in February 2016?

The journey was rough but interesting. The good side is that we have listeners from all over the zone. Also 80 per cent of our programmes are call-in to let our listeners participate and be involved. We want the audience to be part of what we are doing, so that when there is a mistake, they would draw out attention to them. 

Our major challenge in the last one year is that we don’t get a lot of advertisements. Also whenever people come to place advert, they ask for discounts. Also people thought it is a government-owned station. So they want to come and place advert or run programme for free. Unlike public-owned media organisations where government paid salaries and the management run the stations, here we pay our staff as well as run the station.

What is the relationship between the station and the state government?

The relationship is cordial. I have been saying it that the state governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, is very supportive and realized that the station is helping in the development of the state. If I may quote him, he said ‘When I joined politics, I knew that I can be praised and can be criticized.’ But I assure all politicians in the state irrespective of party affiliations, that in that the station we will always allow room for constructive criticisms. We cannot allow someone to come to the station and insult people just because of politics. 

Which programme do you think sells the station more?

We have so many programmes, especially current affairs. We have ‘Tumbin Giwa,’ where we discuss issues around the globe. There is ‘Kowa Ya Debo Da Zafi’ which is a political programme which I learnt many people liked because it gives the politician the opportunity to showcase their programmes and other activities. But we always emphasized that whoever comes should outline his agenda not just criticize their opponents. We always encourage people to discuss issues not just mere politicking. So, I can say ‘Tumbin Giwa’ is our best programme.

Apart from English and Hausa which other language do you broadcast in?

When we started the radio station, what was on my mind was how to reach out on everybody. In the North-East, we have over 50 languages, but most people speak Hausa, so we said 80 per cent of our programmes will be in Hausa. But we also have other people who are residing in the state and cannot speak Hausa, so we decided that 15 per cent of our programmes should be in English. Also in our host state, Fulfulde is widely spoken, so we decided to give five per cent to Fulfulde. So with these three languages we believe we can cover the entire zone and attract listeners. 

Where do you see Progress FM in the next five years?

We are trying to go into television because in the whole North-East I think there is only one home-based private owned TV station, the Gotel TV in Yola, Adamawa State. So, the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), is encouraging me to apply for a TV license but we are in the period of economic recession. So, for now, we are focusing to get Progress FM on a solid foundation. But in the future we are planning to open a TV station and put it on a high standard.  

Bill to prohibit tribal marks passes second reading in Senate.

Posted by Admin on March 27, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)
A Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition of Facial Mutilation, Offences, Prosecution and Punishment of Offenders on Tuesday passed second reading in the Senate. The Bill is also for the Protection of victims under threat of facial mutilation and other related Matters. Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi), who sponsored the bill, said that there was no doubt that Africans of old used tribal marks as a means of proper identification. Leading debate on the bill, Melaye said in those days, members of the same village, tribe or lineage had the same tribal marks. Melaye said that the hometown and lineage of a child or anyone with tribal marks were immediately identified, while outsiders who did not have such marks were also spotted. He further explained that parents also used tribal marks to lay credence to the legitimacy of their children. However, the lawmaker said ???all these reasons cannot be scientifically proven, and hence cannot enjoy the support for this harmful practice??????. ???The irony of these marks is that it makes victims subjects of mockery by friends. Imagine someone being called a tiger simply because of the thick cheeks resulting from facial marks. ??? These people have been subjected to different reactions. Some have lamented the marks that are bequeathed on them as generational inheritance. ??? Many have cursed the day which this dastardly act was performed on them. ???Many of the grown adults have confessed that the most terrific debacle of their lives is their tribal marks. Some have become eunuchs because of this stigma. ???Imagine a boy in the class of 25 pupils carrying a tribal mark. His mates will call him the boy with the railway line. They are emblems of disfiguration. ???Some of them have developed low self-esteem and most times treated with scorn and ridicule including rejection by the female folks. ???The reactions of people who interact with them say it dampens and lowers their spirit,?????? he said. Melaye stated that besides the health implication of the practice, it was an infringement on the rights of children, adding that every Nigerian child deserved the right to live. According to him, it is time a law is enacted to stop the dastardly act, as the popularity and acceptance of facial marks are waning. ???People now prefer that their identity cards remain in their pockets not faces anymore. ???Long before the awareness programme on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), many people, mostly children who were subjected to tribal marks had inadvertently been infected with infectious diseases. ???Sharp instruments used by locals were not sterilised leading to risk of AIDS, including Hepatitis B and C,??? Malaye added. Melaye said the bill, when passed into law would help to check the act, which was a sign of man???s inhumanity to man in a country as great as Nigeria. He called on his colleagues to support the passage of the bill. Contributing to the debate, the Chief Whip, Sen. Olusola Adeyeye commended Melaye for coming up with such an important bill. According to him, many children have suffered stigmatisation as a result of the practice. Adeyeye described the act as evil, adding that if it was for the purpose of identification, there was no way any parent would not identify their children without tribal marks. ???In the 21st century, there is no need to argue that either because of religion or custom someone would use sharp object on their children just for identification. ???The Constitution provides that the primary function of government is protection of lives. ???It is disheartening to note that children who have not been tested to know if they are short of blood are being made to lose blood. ???In the 21st century, not only this chamber but every chamber in Africa should rise up to this occasion to stop the pains being inflicted on our children,??? he said. The Chief Whip called for stiff penalty to deter others, adding ???our generation must permanently stop that reproach??????. ??? I pray no child will have the kind of mark I have on my hands. This should be banned and we will proscribe severe penalties for both the parents and the so called surgeons,??? he added. The Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio equally supported the bill, saying it was a welcome development. ???In those days, people wanted it because they were from royal homes, but these days it is no longer in vogue. ???The international community will be happy we rose to this occasion, so I support this with all my heart. ???It is a violation of the rights of children. The child has no option and can???t fight back. Outside the infection, pain can generate something else and lead to insanity. ???If we have a law already in existence, we should merge the bill with that of female genital mutilation because they are similar,?????? he said. He also called for stiff penalties for offenders to serve as deterrent to others. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, said the bill was commendable in view of what children from some parts of the country were being subjected to. ???I am aware that under our constitution, especially Section 34 (1) forbids torture in humans and degrading treatment. ???This is no doubt inhuman, and it is our responsibility as lawmakers to add flesh to the bones of our constitution. ???On a day like this, I am proud of the senate and I believe that when it goes through the second reading it will go to the committee and return as quickly as possible. ???This is so that we pass it and ensure that it is implemented as quickly as possible to save our children from this inhuman degrading treatment,?????? he said. The bill was subsequently referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to be returned to senate in four weeks.

An daura auren zaurawa sama da 1,000 a Kano

Posted by Admin on February 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

-Gwamna Ganduje ya jagorancin daurin auren zaurawa sama da 150,20 a Kano


-A yau ne aka yi taron daurawa zaurawa sama da 1,502. aure a jihar Kano a karkashin hukumar Hisbah


-Gwamnan Kano Abdullahi Umar Ganduje da Mai martaba sarkin Kano ne suka jagoranci taron daurin auren da aka yi babban masallacin Juma'a na cikin birnin Kano da kuma kananan hukumomi na 44

A yau ne 26 ga watan Fabarairu shekarar 2017 aka daurawa zaurawa sama da 1,000 aure a jihar Kano a karkashin hukumar Hisabah.



Gwamnan Kano Abdullahi Umar Ganduje da Mai martaba sarkin Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi na II ne su ka jagoranci daurin auren da aka yi babban masallachin Juma'a na mai Martaba Sarki da ke cikin birni.


An dai karkasa daurin auren ne zuwa manyan masallatan juma'a 4 na cikin kwaryar birnin inda mataimakin gwamna Hafiza Abubakar, da kakakin majalisar dokokin jihar, da kuma shugaban hukumar Hisbah su ka jagoranta.


An kuma karkasa sauran wurararen daurin sauran zuwa kananan hukumomi 44 na jihar a inda aka gudanar a masallatan Juma'ar shalkwatar kananan hukumomin.


An kuma gudanar walima a gidan gwamnatin jihar Kano inda malamai suka yiwa ma'auratan liyafa tare da wa'azi kan muhimmancin aure.


Ga hotunan daurin auren da aka yi da babban masallacin Juma'a na cikin birni


Gwamnatin jihar ta shirya bayar da sadakin Naira 20,000 sadaki ga amaren tare da kayan daki.