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Exclusive: Senator Sani gets backlash for distributing 100,000 transistor radio sets



Exclusive@ITRealms:
Nigerian Twitter enthusiasts also known as Tweeps have lashed out to the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Mr. Shehu Sani, following his commencement Sunday  to distribute some 100,000 sets of transistor radio in seven local government areas under his district, reports ITRealms

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had quoted Senator Sani as saying that the gesture was to raise the political consciousness the people and have more access to information on what is happening within and outside their localities.

According to Sani, his people come from the part of the country where the major and most important source of information is the radio, so “Radio is an empowerment, a form of education and enlightenment. It enables people to have access to information and also have an opportunity to express themselves.”

Senator Sani who goes with the Twitter handle @shehusani, also explained that radio has for decades been the only medium where people in the North get better informed, stressing  “I am sharing it to downtrodden within the cities and the rural areas so that they would be abreast with what is happening within their own locality, national and state.“

But reacting to the so-called empowerment project by the Senator, most Nigeria lashed out at him saying wondering if he would provide those beneficiaries with radio batteries for life, even as some alleged that the China made radio transistor was a donation by Chinese businessman who had asked how to support his political ambition via farm implements, but the Senator choose radio transistor sets.

For a Nigerian Tweet enthusiast going by handle ‏@AboSuccess, she hopes that the next item for distribution by the Senator would include salt and broom for housewives, plastic slippers and hat for beggars and probably invite the likes of Cable News Network (CNNAfrica) to cover it.

Another Tweep ‏@estaaba lamented that of all the things Nigerians are crying for now, a transistor radio is what Senator Sani could come up with, describing it as rubbish!

Mustapha Shitu ‏@Musteez was mild to the radio distribution, saying that its not all that bad, although the Senator should have sponsored political programmes on radio to raise the awareness, for instance on the importance of voters registration and rights of citizens in a democracy.

Adding that most of the people in that part of Nigeria have raidio, pointing out that a typical northern person, must, especially always glued to their radio, so the programme should be paramount than the radio sets.

Adesanwo Olugbenga ‏@koolgeea sought to know where the ‘honourable’ senator got the monies for the purchase of radio transistors. While Niyi Popoola ‏@NiyiPopoola suggested that empowering folks so they could buy radios would be more sensible. 

Mr.  Okazu Godspower @PowersOkazu noted that as their Senator, Sani may know better what they need, alleged that many of these guys are not informed hence he knows them more than “we do.” 

For Ayodele Ogunlana ‏@a2dyplay “who takes care of the noise pollution generated by these devices?” he wondered.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @ShehuSani @omojuwa


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Pix: Senator Sani presenting a set of radio transistor to one of the beneficiary farmers.

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