The Project File Details
1.1 Background of the Study
In every society we find ourselves, the need for the rules to reach out
improve the standard of the ruled is imperative. The system must rely upon a
regular two-way flow of information between the government and the citizens of
the country, we have seen subsequent administration, be it military or civilian
coming out with one programme or the other aimed at improving the standard of
life that are found in the rural or communities areas, who obviously form the bulk
of the Nigerian population.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness that no nation can
develop without deliberately undertaking the development of its community such
development or transformation is however, possible only when the community
population is various areas are participate in activities directed at their own
development as well as the development of the nation, by the government.
The significant role of information in policy formulation cannot be over
emphasized. This is because well cor-ordinated system of information
dissemination brings about significant change in the society. There is no doubt that
communication is as old as man himself is. It was through the effective nature of
communication for example, Oputa J.S.C September, 20 1993 agreed with this
when he said that “There is no doubt the mass media the press the radio and all
these have a tremendous influence of our behavior modern man will readily agree
that many of his attitudes, judgments and stance on various social or political issue
are heavily influenced or even shaped by his exposure to ideas and suggestions,
feed in him by the mass media”
To achieve the above task, the radio programmes instrument to the
transformation of the general life of the people. The programmes must reflect the
problems and aspirations of the society they serve.
Further more, the programmes which are intended to enhance the social
awareness of the individual and faster national unity, cultural integration, must also
make the individual an because “we see the mass media of communication as
possessing that magical awareness, creating innovative, knowledge imparting
empathy raising and knowledge and skill multiplying.
It is a well know fact that radio seeks to informs, stimulate, educate,
entertain and mobilize the citizen for development and to cultivated responsible
outlook on community and national activities. Radio has been recognized as having
the potentials to effect human enhancement and develop a viable society, Radio is
considered as a powerful medium of communication. It appeals to the two senses of
hearing and sight. It promotes openness, accountability and transparency, the
qualities which are essentials to social effectiveness both economic and political
On the other hand, radio has been referred as a „theatre of the mind where
imagination is activated by second voice and sound effect‟. To a larger section of
the society, radio is the leading medium of mass communication people in
community areas can receive radio messages from their sets. It is comparatively
cheap when compared with other media of mass communication it is also portable
It is against this background that this work wants to find out the influence of
Caritas Radio 98.7fm.
1.2 Statement of Research Problem
This study is an enquiry into the contributions of Radio to community
agricultural development. The aim is to investigate the prevailing belief that the
Radio is used as a means of introducing social change through dissemination of
development and social change programmes but rather serve merely. It is a well
known fact that radio seeks to informs, stimulates, educate, entertain and mobilize
the citizen for development and to cultivated responsible outlook on community
and national activities. Radio has been recognized as having the potentials to effect
human enhancement and develop a viable society, radio is considered as a powerful
medium of communication. It appeals to the senses of hearing and sight. It
promotes openness. Accountability and transparency, the qualities which are
essentials to social effectiveness both economic and political development.
1.3 Objectives of the Study
The objectives of study include the following :
1. To find out if the living standard of people are largely uneducated and
based in the communities.
2. To find out whether Caritas 98.7fm has influenced agricultural
3. To determine the benefits derived from programmes aired by Caritas
1.4 Research Questions
The following research questions were relevant:
1. To what extent is the living standard of the people are largely
uneducated in the community
2. To what extent has radio influenced Agricultural Development of its
3. How do they derived their benefits from programmes aired by Caritas
1.5 Scope of the Study
This study influence community Radio on Agricultural Development in
Enugu State on Caritas 98.7fm.
1.6 Significance of the Study
This study will vestate, emphasize and demonstrate the need for more
development oriented programmes in the radio to enhance community Agricultural
Development. The most interesting aspect of this study is that, it will be the first of
its kind on caritas 98.7fm since its establishment. Besides the work promises to be
of immense, value students and teachers and institutions of higher learning who
may wish to embark on as similar research work.
As a result, it will serve as reference materials upon which further research
works can be based.
1.7 Definitions of Terms
The definitions of the terms were operationally defined:
a. Community: Refers to a place of a large or small group geographical
location, having low-density population and lacks infrastructural amenities such as
good roads, electricity and pipe borne water. They can be isolated because of their
poverty, physical, weakness and some people at the hierarchy design their lives.
A community operates little or no say in his social political and economic
b. Community Radio: Can be defined as a type of radio service that caters to
the interests of certain area broadcasting content that is popular to a local audience
but which may often be over looked by commercial; or mass as a small radio were
the community can listen and also to educate them, it can be informed, entertained
c. Agricultural Developments: This is to improve the standard of living for
farmers for their extension. In a community agricultural has always been a highly
knowledge intensive sector requiring continuous information.
Agriculture has improved different sectors such as farmers, fishermen,
traders during cropping season specific advice is refereed on the full range of crops
being grown locally timed to coincide the various stages of land preparation.
d. Development: The concept of integrated development has to day received
general acceptance and the word itself has come to connote different things to
Development is a directed and widely participate process to deep and
accelerated socio – political change geared towards producing substantial changes
in the economy, the technology, ecology and the overall culture of the country so
that the moral and material advancement of the majority of its population can be
obtained within condition of generalized equality, dignity justice and liberty
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