Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and former governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Timipre Sylva has been awarded Niger Delta Most Outstanding Minister of the Year by the Board of Directors of the GbaramatuVoice Newspaper.
While presenting the award on behalf of Gbaramatu Voice board of Governors, Deputy governor of Delta State, His Excellency Kingsley Otuaro noted Sylva’s efforts towards improving the economy and peace of the Niger Delta region over the years.
Sylva, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Julius Bokoru described the Gbaramatu Voice as a new frontier of a genuine legitimate Ijaw course.
The award was given at the conference centre of The Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt and the ceremony adhered strictly to the Covid 19 protocols
Receiving the award, Bokoru said ‘I am very honored to be here at this very grand fifth anniversary of this very grand newspaper.
‘I thank the publisher, Mr Jacob Abai and his management team for the very good work they have been doing this last five years. They have shown commitment for the fight for a great Ijaw nation and the Niger Delta region.
They have also been free from political inclinations and we will always support them as long as they remain on the humanitarian course that has endeared them to so many people across the nation.
‘I am humbled by this award and it will certainly spur me to do more.
‘The GbaramatuVoice Newspaper has a bold trajectory and I am optimistic it will live up to that’.
Hon. Bokoru who stood in for the Minister was accompanied by Barr. Mrs Oyanbo Owei, Technical Assistant to the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum on Niger Delta/Unions and other Chieftains of the All Progressive Congress.