Residents in the Region One community of Mabaruma now have the opportunity to tune in to their own community radio station and enjoy local programming.
The Government of Guyana has switched on Radio Mabaruma 95.1 FM which is an affiliate of the National Communications Network.
The launch is being seen as historic and a way to stimulate economic activities in the region.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo who opened the new station reminded residents that “You could advertise your commodities and people out there will know where to find the products so that way radio will stimulate economic activities. Radio is intended to bring monies in your pockets.”
He told the Mabaruma residents that they will have your own programmes from their own studios in Mabaruma and will be able to tell their own story.
Mabaruma recently became a town and the addition of the community station is being seen as the beginning of a transformation process.
The establishment of the radio station is being seen as a way to bridge the gap and closing the communication divide.
50% of the station’s programming will come from the region while the other content will come from NCN. For the moment, NCN will be relaying to Radio Mabaruma but, as time progresses, local programmes will be added to the airwaves.
Mayor of Mabaruma, Henry Rupert Smith, told the gathering that, “this is a historical occasion for Mabaruma, as it now has its first ever radio station.” He further stated that the station can be used to showcase Mabaruma’s tourism, its agriculture products and it will provide the region with the latest news and other information.
Regional Councilor, Pamela Forde, said that the people of Region One are thankful for the initiative, “This is a testimony to how important we have become,” she said. She committed to working with the people of the region to have the Government’s vision of social cohesion become a reality.