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Foundation launches community radio to address moral erosion

24th July 2012
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A senior official in the Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports, James Kajugusi, launches Radio Maarifa in Tanga recently

Whereby communities in the country have seemingly abandoned their traditional values and embraced western ways of life, there is still hope of change of mindset.

Old timers, particularly people who were brought up in upright morals, believe that given the necessary sensitisation, the present generation may still change.

It is in this vein that several faith based organizations (FBO) and institutions are embarking on strategies aimed at ensuring that communities make a u-turn, hence becoming God-fearing individuals.

One of such entities is Al ltrah Foundation, a Dar es Salaam-based non-profit Islamic institution.

It happens that in their sacred mission to ensure peace and tranquility in communities, the institution came up with an idea of providing a spiritual radio station to cater for Tanzanians.

Their main focus, says Abubakar Amin, the station manager of the new broadcasting facility, Radio Maarifa is villagers living in rural areas in Tanga region.

At the launch ceremony held at the radio’s premises in the centre of the city, Amin said the station presently operates as a pilot project.

“We have been operating pilot project since September 24, last year, airing various programmes,” said Amin during the colourful event.

The objectives of opening of the new station would be, according to Amin, is to be able to reach all villages in Tanga region.

“Villagers living in the region’s peripherals are somehow isolated from access to health information,” he said, adding that their programmes are aimed at spreading knowledge awareness and divine human values among the populace.

According to the manager, the station’s programmes would feature prominently on current affairs economic, spiritual developmental and social affairs.

Among the programmers will centre on discussion on Koran “we shall, for example, dwell on teachings on how to have relationship and absorb the lessons in their daily lives.

The station will air various programmers on the youth, for example, matters related to marriage, health, sports, ordinary news (Both nationally and internationally, women’s programmes likes cooking and children affairs “ said Hasnain Khimji, a senior official of the foundation.

“The general vision is to promote divine human valves through mass media including electric and print media,” according to the official.

The radio station’s coverage will extend to Shimoni a few kilometers from Horohoro on the border with Kenya. It will also be heard in Pemba Island and whole of Tanga district.

A part from Maarifa Radio, Tanga boasts of seven other radio stations. They are Mwambao, Huruma, Breeze FM and Noor FM.

Launching the station, James Kajugusi, a senior officer in Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports commended A Itrah foundation for opening the radio to cater for residents of Tanga region.

“I hope the station will be able to cater for as many people as possible with regard to dissemination of information” said Kajugusi.

He said opening of the station was a milestone towards stepping up economy improving health, entertain and uplifring people’s morals.

“I am convinced that your station will be an opener towards maintaining peace and tranquility very important components in any society.”

He said “information should at any rate not be concealed, particularly those which involved people’s development”

Kajugusi explained that Tanzania allowed transparency in the opening of as many information centres as possible in order to ensure people living in regions districts and villages had access to information.

“I urge you to continue with the noble task of information the masses in order to maintain the prevailing peace”

He cautioned, “Broadcast well researched and unbiased information, avoiding reports which would create chaos in society.”

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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