FIVE YEARS after obtaining a license, the La, Teshie and Nungua communities has taken a giant stride in their collaborative effort at establishing a community radio station to serve the Kpeshie enclave with a landmark sod-cutting ceremony to commence work on the erection of a transmitting tower.
Breaking the grounds for work to begin at the premises of the La Mansaamo Kpee (LMK) on Saturday, 8th December 2012 at Gonsee in La, His Excellency Amarkai Amarteifio, chairman of the LMK Executive Council said the event marks a very important historical milestone in co-operation and collaboration between the communities of La, Teshie and Nungua.
Stressing on the need to prioritize gender issues by the radio station when completed, Hon. Amarkai stated: “Gender issues must take the front seat in our programmes with a view to promoting equality while discarding negative practices that stand in the way of the progress of womenfolk”.
Whiles counting the blessings that the radio station will bring to the three communities through the dissemination of accurate information as an essential tool for community mobilization and development, Hon. Amarkai cautioned against the use of the facility by unscrupulous persons for divisive tendencies.
“I pray that the facility should be carefully focused as not to fall into the hands of unscrupulous people with sinister and divisive agenda that runs counter to those of LATENU,” he stated.
He further charged the leadership to “…as a matter of urgency, to prepare and adopt a charter to guide the operations of the station”.
Hon. Amarkai, who personally contributed an amount of GH¢20,000 towards the commencement of work on the radio station paid a glowing tribute to his predecessor, the late Mr. Trebi Kuma Ollennu who worked so hard to obtain the license for the station.
“…I will particularly like to salute my predecessor and my late visionary co-founder of the La Mansaamo Kpee and a prime mover behind the establishment of LATENU, Trebi Kuma Ollennu for his pioneering role in the events leading to this historic day,” he concluded.
LATENU Development Association is a non-governmental organization formed under the direct initiative and direction of the La Mansaamo Kpee (La Town Development Association).
In the year 2003, the LMK was denied the permission to set up a community radio station for being what is said to be “being too small” to embark on such project. Consequently, the LMK, after a series of negotiations, roped in its two sister Associations namely, the Teshie Mannoryaa Kpee and the Nungua-Krowor Development Association (NKDA) for the implementation of the Community Radio project. This led to the birth of the LA-TE-NU (La, Teshie and Nungua) Development Association.
The three towns, i.e. La, Teshie and Nungua (LATENU) share common ancestry, development history and cultural practices. Most of the indigenous people are fishermen, farmers, traders, transport owners or micro-entrepreneurs. It is this commonality of the development history that brought the three communities together to jointly plan their development agenda.
The LATENU Community Radio project is geared towards creating of an enabling environment through dynamic radio programmes aimed at raising the living condition of the people through private enterprise promotion.
One of the objectives of this initiative is to promote community participation in the national developmental process. It is, generally, recognized that radio is one of the most efficient and effective means of changing attitudes if well managed.