By Badmus Shina
Sunday the 24th of December, 2017, will remain fresh in the annals of GbaramatuVoice Newspaper as it was the day the newspaper unveiled its new corporate logo and performed the groundbreaking ceremony for its television station (GTV) as well as announced the organization’s long-term strategic plan.
The General Manager of the news organization, Mr. Francis Abai told the gathering that the unveiling of the new logo was part of their strategic plan as envisioned at the point of incorporation of the organization two years ago.
He further explained to the gathering who were filled with admiration of the newspaper’s achievement that GbaramatuVoice having surpassed the self-given target decided to venture into television broadcasting as it will avail them massive opportunity to serve the good people of Niger Delta better, to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Ijaw nation, to report the nefarious activities of the oil majors operating in the area as well as bridge the general information gap.
Mr. Francis then but painstakingly explained the meaning of all the symbols as contained in the unveiled logo.
On his part, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Ibe-Benemowei of Gbaramatu kingdom during the unveiling commended the management of GbaramatuVoice for this great leap.
He particularly commended Mr. Jacob Abai, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, GbaramatuVoice Newspaper and his team for their constant and consistent effort in making the voices of the Niger Delta people to be heard all over the world.
Continuing, Chief Godspower Gbenekama who is also the spokesperson of the Gbaramatu Traditional Council of Chiefs reminded Mr. Jacob and his team that they have not gotten to the peak and therefore urged them to do more in their chosen field of endeavor.
To further demonstrate his support for the project, Chief Godspower Gbenekama made a financial donation.
In the same vein, the former chairman of Kokodiagbene Community, and the National Coordinator of the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade expressed happiness at the turn of event for GbaramatuVoice.
He stated that GbaramatuVoice has now become the order of the day in the Niger Delta region and the nation at large. He further pointed out that the newspaper has assumed the position of the true face and voice of the people of the Ijaw nation on one hand and the Niger Delta region in general as exemplified by the recent award as the Best Ijaw Newspaper of the Year. He finally supported the project with a financial commitment.
Others who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony include Architect Azaiye Piniki; Comrade Freeborn Abraye, President of National Association of Gbaramatu Students (NAGS).