No less than 29 FM radio stations already operate from Lagos.

Now the state government plans to add 20 more.

The stations will be established in each of the 20 local government areas over the next one year.

The initiative, according to government, is to deepen communication and awareness in the grassroots.

Speaking at the third annual lecture of the Faculty of Communication, Lagos State University, on Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Communities and Communication, Kehinde Bamigbetan, explained that the project would also help to develop local talent, provide employment for people and promote local economy.

“It will involve the community development associations who would form its ownership, control and determine its content in such a way that it will relay local and community news in the dominant language of that area, so as to promote the various local languages,” Bamigbetan said.

He added: “We will start with the 20 LGAs and hoping that this year we will start with about six of them, and as we get more funds, in the next one year, others will come on board.

“We will also try to experiment with the internet version; I mean internet radio, because it is cheaper, has a wider coverage, not limited by signal or location and more applicable these days when very few people go about with radio.”