Former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has established Parrot FM, the first private radio station in his hometown, Ogbomosho.
Speaking at the inauguration, Alao-Akala, who last month in Ibadan launched his bid to return to Government House, said the radio station was established to fill the communication gap in the area and that a television station would be established soon.
The former governor’s son, Olamijuwonlo, who is the chairman of Parrot FM, said the station was established to facilitate information dissemination to the people of the area.
He said: “Parrot FM is the first private and independent commercial radio station in Oyo North Senatorial District of Oyo State.
“We shall uphold the tenets of the practice of journalism and abide strictly by the ethics of the profession.
“We will provide a veritable platform for young artistes in the communication industry living within the community to showcase their talents.”
Olamijuwonlo said it was disheartening that a greater part of the people’s cultural values was unknown to the younger folks, while the youth appeared to have been indoctrinated by foreign culture.
The chairman said the radio would promote local folklores and cultural heritage to enhance the knowledge of the young people in the areas.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, at a meeting in Oje Owode on Friday, endorsed Alao-Akala for the 2015 gubernatorial election.
Stakeholders in the area, who described the ex-governor as the only candidate that can beat incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi “hands down”, lamented the “non-performance” of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the state.