Fearless media practitioner, Yahaya Salifu Wononuo has made a return to W93.5FM, the first private commercial radio station in the Upper West region. He rejoined after about a four years stint with a sister station in the Wa Municipality.
It will be recalled that Salifu Wononuo recently resigned from Radio Waa after refusing to put down journalistic principles to favour a political party. This came after the station’s owner, who is a known politician, allegedly made attempts to stifle Mr. Wononuo and other workers’ reportage on political issues, especially those favouring opposing political parties’ candidates in the Wa Central Constituency.
The CEO is reported to have called into a live programme hosted by Wononuo and another and described the work of the staff as “shoddy” as they were carrying a positive story of a parliamentary candidate in the Wa Central Constituency who is on the ticket of a different party. This, per reports, was not taken in good faith by Yahaya Salifu, who felt quitting the station will help protect his professionalism and integrity as a trained journalist.
The vociferous media practitioner voluntarily left W93.5FM in 2017 for Radio Waa after spending two years with the former. Until his resignation from Radio Waa last month, Salifu Wononuo was the Programmes Manager, co-host of the station’s major socio-political talk show and a writer for their online portal.
Yahaya Salifu returns to W93.5FM, the private station with highest coverage in the region, with over five years of practice. He has peculiar interest in community-based and agricultural reporting. He has pledged to improve the news department and other programmes of W93.5FM as he has the zeal to travel across the length and breadth of the region with enthusiasm.
Mr. Wononuo believes joining known faces like Ras Bob Pelpuo and Hafiz Timbile whom he has already worked with will afford him the room to work effectively. He regards the management and staff of W93.5FM as professionals who will help improve his personal skills as a journalist.