Kwara-The workers of the kwara state radio station has put the radio station under lock down, the news broke out on Thursday morning 13 hours after the incidence.
The protest was born out of the demands tabled by the staff and also lack of basic welfare packages for staffs.
Workers of the Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation, (Radio Kwara), on Wednesday in Ilorin shut down the station and staged a protest over lack of operational equipment and welfare package for staff
The news agency of Nigeria reports that there is plan of government to closed down the building the radio station is currently sitting on and using for operation and to move them to Budo Efo transmission area, a suburb of Ilorin, the Kwara capital.
A staff of the radio station claimed that
“This Budo Efo always affects the reproductive organs of the staff working there ,due to the effect of radiation of the old transmitter and the antenna .
“If you notice, some of the staff posted to Budo-efo are childless. while few ones that had children have their children deformed.
So far the option giving to them is not the best and they deserve to protest and to ask for a better offer for the sake of their Health.
He said the state government had perfected plans to kill the AM station and concentrate on Midland FM 99.0 at Apata Yukuba, Ilorin.
“The same FM is dying. The next one is overall welfare of staff, delay in payment of meagre salaries, among others,” he said.
“The state government officials including Dr. Akorede are now patronising private radio stations in the state, paying huge amounts to feature on their programmes living Radio Kwara to die.
“All the staff have been demoralised. We are staging this protest not because of us, but because of the future of Radio Kwara and the state at large.,” he added.
Dr. Akorede, who is the Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media and Communication to the state Governor and Sole Administrator for all state owned media houses, said rainstorm destroyed a device which necessitated the movement from GRA office to Budo Efo.
With the contradicting statement emanating from both parties, there is still hope and possibility of both parties coming to a common ground to resolve the issue before the week end.
The workers are Also on the verge of bringing the labour Congress into the sage-kwara
We have a total of 10 radio stations in kwara state…
Below is the list of radio stations in Kwara State.
Okin FM, Offa – 105.7
Royal FM – 95.1
Albraka FM – 89.9
Midland FM (Radio Kwara), Ilorin – 99.0
Raypower FM, Ilorin – 106.5
Unilorin FM – 89.3
Harmony FM FRCN (Radio Nigeria), Idofian – 103.5
Sobi FM, Ilorin – 101.9
Radio Kwara, Ilorin – 612.8