Choice FM Agba
Agba Community Initiative Radio, Choice 93.3FM came into existence on 8th September 2015 with the approval of provisional application for community radio licence. Agba Community Radio is among the first set of Community Radio Licenses issued by the President, Commander in Chief of Nigeria Armed Forces, His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Following provisional approval, NBC paid official visit to Agba Community on 11th January 2017, for inspection of broadcast equipment and facilities installed.
Satisfied with ACIR’s accommodation, broadcast equipment and facilities on ground, NBC granted full transmission permit.
On 23rd December 2016, the radio tested air wave for about 30 minutes and resumed full test transmission on 24th December 2016.
Since then, ACIR has continue to hit the airwave with programs that has revolutionized radio broadcasting in Nigeria and community radio broadcasting in particular. In less than 2yrs of operation, ACIR run 98 programs cutting across all facets of human endeavours.
To surmount the age long toothing headache of broadcasting in Nigeria, Agba community radio took bold steps to became the first radio station to go green. ACIR has been able to cut down energy cost of radio operations by installing 10KVA Solar Inverter as backup to two other sources of energy.
In her efforts to reach Agba community radio audience far off our limited wave, ACIR has launch an app, internet platform for streaming of her program.
Starting with 8hrs of transmission, we now do 16hrs nonstop transmission.
We also pride ourselves as the first community radio to have a well equipped Outside Broadcasting (OB) Van, meaning that we can cover & relay live programs from any were in Nigeria.
Agba Community Radio, Choice 93.3FM was officially Commissioned by the Chairman, Benue State Traditional Council, HRM Professor James Otese Orzuer Ayatse, Tor Tiv V on 2nd December 2017. The occasion was under the Chairmanship of Dr. Akin Akingbulu of Institute of Media and Society (IMS).
Choice FM has recorded many achievement , including
Facilitation of free treatment for early childhood deceases, such as pneumonia, malaria & diarrhea by partnering with Christian Aid UK, Nigeria. The health programmes has lead to improved primary healthy living. Back to Farm program is yielding very good result with testimonies from farmers coming to the radio station with farm produce to appreciate Volunteer workers of the radio. Other areas like such social economic activities, political awareness, harmonious coexistence and cultural heritage has been given a bust.
We embark on continue in-house training and retraining of volunteers workers to ensure good performance. The training efforts had received the support of Blomberg and Ford foundation through HIVOS and IMS.
Challenges: finance is the major challenge of broadcasting. Radio broadcasting involves continue funding of program development & production, fuelling cost especially with inadequate sun do to the rains and cloudy weather. Payment of sustainable/sustaining allowances to volunteers, general maintenances and running cost remain an issue deserving attention.The local commerce and economy can’t sustain the cost of running the radio and the every increasing need for development.
Cheer determination of BOT Chairman, Chief Engr. Morgan Oluji Okwoche, commitment of the General Manager, chief Ogbu Ego Egoman and Volunteers staff of the radio has earned her an enviable position in broadcasting.