The Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said he is a media-friendly governor who has been partnering with the media in Kogi State and he is ready to do same in the Niger Delta.
Speaking through the Deputy Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ahmed Mohammed, while representing him during the Niger Delta Annual Media Dinner, an initiative of the GbaramatuVoice newspaper, held at the Bon Hotel, Warri, on January 6, 2022, he said: “I am the youngest governor in Nigeria and I believe and love the media.”
Bello also said he is ready to partner with the Niger Delta media as he has done in Kogi State and explained that he loves the Niger Delta people.
The deputy speaker explained that: ” The governor would have been here, today, in person but for some urgent matters that required his attention in the state.
He also believes in the unity of this country. He sees himself as a part of the media,” he stressed.
Also in his remarks, the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kogi State, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, thanked everyone at the event as well as the representative of his boss.
He said it was important the media told a good story about the country and the Niger Delta region as well as expose areas where there are development gaps so the relevant authorities should be able to see what to do.
Speaking on 2023, he said: “As we head towards 2023, it is going to be a tough contest but, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which party is winning, Nigeria must win; that’s the most important thing.
“For Nigeria to win, media practitioners have a big role to play in setting the agenda,” he advised adding that the stories he used to hear about the Niger Delta were not true, now he was in the region, as Delta State was peaceful and he saw a lot of positive developments while driving to his hotel.
He said the political party does not matter but the personality does citing Delta State as one of those states where the governor is “up to the task and has the interest of the people at heart.”
He concluded by urging the media to concentrate on telling positive stories about the region and not concentrate on conflicts alone so investors can be encouraged to go there.
The Niger Delta Annual Media Award attracted practitioners, and major publishers from the Niger Delta region. They left their different states and primary assignments to converge on Bon Hotel Delta.
Some active individuals in the industry, were also given awards along with some individuals such as the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd); Chairman of Vanguard Newspaper, Prince Sam Amuka; Grace Ekong of Channels Television; Dr. Monday Ashibogwu, CEO, The Republic Media Limited; Mr. Adamu Usman, Veteran Journalist
Others are Mr. Mamode Akugha, Veteran broadcast journalist & CEO, Inside Niger Delta TV show; Emmanuel Amaize, Regional Editor, South South, Vanguard Newspaper; Dr. Hannah Aman, Rivers State Television, amongst others.
The event was put together by the GbaramatuVoice newspaper — an emerging authority in the media industry after only 6 years in operation.
By Ebi Perekeme
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