The Lagos State Council of Radio, Television Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria, RATTAWU has described radio as a tool that unite communities to foster positive dialogue for change.

The Union’s Chairman, Dare Durosinmi, spoke at a public lecture organised by the union in Lagos organised in commemoration of the “World Radio Day” which is marked annually on February 13thwith the theme: “The Importance of Radio Broadcast to the Society”.

The Chairman noted that radio conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues; it is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people.

Durosinmi added that radio could be used for conflict resolution, peace and provide security of lives and property.

Also, Director, National Broadcast Academy, Ajibola Abiola, identified the commercialisation of radio industry, poor funding and poor remuneration of staff working in the radio stations as some of the problems facing the industry.

In his remarks, a Deployment Editor with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC West Africa, Joshua Ajayi said there was need to target more women and young people to listen to radio.