Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nicholas Dausi, says government appreciates the valuable contributions Synod of Livingstonia plays in the political, social and economic activities in the country.
He said the synod has played an important role in liberal politics by providing checks and balances to the government.
Dausi was speaking when he toured Voice of Livingstonia (VOL) Radio station.
The Minister was taken to the studio where he co-presented a women’s program called ‘Banambumba’ unfortunately, in the course of presentation, power went off.
Prompted by the sad development, the minister acknowledged the challenge of power black-outs, saying it was one of the challenges radio stations are facing in the country.
“We have discussed with ESCOM at the ministry level of the challenges in electricity black-outs. We must make sure that such challenges are traced because intermittent power cut is costing a lot of resources to radio stations,” he said.
The minister then said Voice of Livingstonia Radio’s role is to make sure that it supplements the preaching of the word of God.
Board Chairperson of VOL Radio, Jacob Nkhambule, said the station, has plans to expand to Lilongwe and Blantyre but resource constraints disable them to mount transmitters in the said areas.
Nkhambule added that radio equipment is expensive to purchase, especially transmitters, a situation that hinders the expansion drive of most radio stations.
He therefore asked government to consider a duty waiver on radio transmitters so that they are affordable.
The VOL board chairperson reminded the minister that the radio is a partner to government and strives to be professional, ethical and that its mission is to be holistic.
The synod, through its General Secretary Reverend Levy Nyondo presented a gift of a Tumbuka Bible and a Hymn to the minister.
In his remarks, Rev Nyondo said the synod was grateful with the minister’s visit to VOL station, saying since its established Dausi was the first minister to visit it.
According to the Station Manager for VOL, Jessie Puwapuwa, the station started broadcasting in 2013 and has its programs in evangelism, development and news programs.
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