GbaramatuVoice has done well in telling the Niger Delta Story – Prof. Harriman
By Emmanuel Adigwe
Professor of Comparative Dialectics and Pro-Consul, Centre for the Advancement of Democratic and People’s Right, Bayero University, Kano, Tosan Blessing Harriman, has heaped praises on the Niger Delta leading newspaper, the GbaramatuVoice, for telling the Niger-Delta story from an insider’s perspective.
Prof. Harriman, who also doubles as the Chairman Editorial board of the publication, made this known during the just concluded GbaramatuVoice 7th Anniversary Lectures held at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel .
According to the academician, people need to respond to issues with some “background perspective” and that is the reason why it is good for someone who is an insider to tell the story.
Prof. Harriman said: “For so long our history has been taught by people who have no internal dynamics of that history. So, for long, there has been a misstep in every place. There is a misconception in every place. We can’t be defined as a 21st-century Nigeria from a perspective that is not in tandem with us. That is why systems like the GbaramatuVoice evolved seven years ago to try and begin to look at the Niger Delta story from a different perspective.
“From the perspective of the people, to form a community of discuss that relates essentially to the issues of discussing the context of the Niger-Delta situation.”
He also regretted that the discovery of oil have caused more harm than good for the country and he called on the government to find a way to look beyond oil in moving the country forward.
The highlight of the occasion saw former Bayelsa governor and current Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, emerging as the Niger Delta Man of the Year 2022.