Parliamentary radio to start next year

As part of its decentralisation programme,  government will next year launch a Parliamentary radio station, to air programs of the legisative arm. The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and the Department of International Development (DFID), are both set to inject an estimated $450,000 into the project. 

As part of its decentralisation programme,  government will next year launch a Parliamentary radio station, to air programs of the legisative arm.

The United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and the Department of International Development (DFID), are both set to inject an estimated $450,000 into the project.

The project to set up the radio station was studied by a consultant from UNESCO-Cameroon  between October and November this year.

“Everything is going according to plan and we hope the radio station will hit the airwaves as early as May next year. We will recruit more staff where necessary but we are mainly relying on the parliamentary staff,” Augustin Habimana, the Director of Communication and Outreach tod The New Times.

Upon its launch, the radio station will broadcast live from both Chambers of Parliament as a means to orient  locals with the country’s laws.

Habimana pointed out that the main purpose for the launch of the parliamentary radio station was to connect the lawmakers with their constitutuents.

“There have been cases where parliament has summoned a government representative to explain where things are not going well. This radio will directly link leaders to the electorate. They will have a chance to follow in detail how the government is executing its duties live from the Parliament,” he said

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