Nigerian group plans radio station in Ivory Coast
A group of Nigerians in Abidjan has announced plans to establish a radio station in the Cote d'Ivoire.
The group, known as the Nigerian Independent Media Group (NIMG), announced the plan in a statement issued by its President, Mr Ishola Maruf, in Abidjan on Tuesday.
The group said the major reason for opening the station was to provide an avenue for the dissemination of information to the large population of Nigerians residing in the country.
It said NIMG had received approval to commence the preliminary stages of registration with the relevant authorities.
The statement also said that the proposal for establishing the station had been submitted to the Nigerian Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire.
'We need an avenue to disseminate information about Nigeria to the more than two million Nigerians living in the country.
'Already, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire have a cultural integration understanding, the radio station will also promote Nigeria's diverse cultures and languages,'' it said.
The group added that many Nigerians living in the country lacked access to information on events and activities of government in Nigeria.
'This will bridge that gap; it will be a station that Nigerians will hook up to for news from home and within.
'It will also provide employment opportunities for Nigerians in the country and reduce the level of idleness and joblessness among Nigerians in the country,'' the group said.