…As Ejele, others commends objective reportage of The Liberator, harps on inter ethic unity in Niger Delta
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By Ndu Samuel.
The need for unity among the various ethnic groups in the Niger Delta was brought to bear at the epic 4th anniversary and fund raising ceremony of the Liberator Newspapers Worldwide.
The event which held at Wellington hotel Effurun on Thursday attracted both the middle class and mighty in the country particularly the Niger Delta region.
Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the 4th Anniversary of The Liberator Newspaper, Hon. Dr. Prince Michael Diden told guests that unity and love among the ethic groups in the Niger Delta region is the most viable panacea for the undervelopment facing the region.
According to him, the various ethnic groups must assist each other in whatever legitimate means to engender sustainable human and infrastructural development for the common good of the region.
He warned against ‘pull him down syndrome’ which some persons employ to frustrate people specially when they are not from the same ethnic background saying “ Ijaw, Urhobo and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities must continue to love and support each other for development to thrive.”
While congratulating the publisher of The Liberator Newspapers Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill for attaining an important milestone in the quest to tell the Niger Delta story and beyond, he promised to continue supporting the medium to enable it achieve its mandate.
Delivering the anniversary lecture on the theme, “The Niger Delta and Post Oil Era:The Role Of The Media” the vice Chancellor of Niger Delta University Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumor represented by associate professor Sunny Abraye noted that the Niger Delta area have suffered marginalisation and deprivation despite it’s vast economic contribution to the Nigerian State.
He admitted that indigenous media such as The Liberator has a very vital role to play in telling the real story of the people and should not abdicate the role to the foreign media who have little or no knowledge about the real challenges of the people of the region.
The decried the quantum of destruction of aquatic organisms and degradation of the environment through oil spillage and indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste which has impacted negatively on the social and economic life of the people.
The associate professor however warned against over dependent on oil by the country because of the devastating effect it will have on the economy of the country when it dries up.
He therefore advised indigenes of the Niger Delta region to start thinking out of the box by investing in non oil sectors such as agriculture and other mineral resources which the region has in abundance.
Earlier, in an address of welcome, the Publisher of the Liberator Newspapers Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill thanked the people for finding time to grace the auspicious occasion despite their busy schedules.
Speaking further, Binebai said “the theme of the Anniversary lecture was coined out considering the firm believe that the Niger Delta region is arguably one of the most violated, raped and abused region of the world despite her huge natural and human endowment and how the media can be used to effectively correct the age long evil within the Nigerian state.”
He noted that the media has a very critical role to play in the reportage of the challenges of the region and that forms part of the core mandate of the Liberator Newspapers.
He said the liberator will continue to be the voice of the silent minority through objective and unbiased presentation of news for the betterment of the society.
Princewill particularly appreciated all those behind the success story of The Liberator Newspaper Worldwide, stressing that he must continue to strive for the best, adding that The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide has come to stay.
Highpoint of the event was fund raising and presentation of awards to 22 deserving Nigerians for their meritorious services to the Niger Delta people, the Nigerian state and humanity in general.
Dignitaries present during the occasion include Hon. Asupa Peter Foteta, member representing Burutu North, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Julius Pondi, member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, House of Representatives represented by Comr. Emmanuel Gesikekeme Akpule, Hon. Emomotimi Dennis Guwor, Member representing Warri South West, Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Dr. Julius Takeme (JP), Delta South PDP chairman, Amb. Dr. Comr. Shedrack Agediga, Executive Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development (DESOPADEC), Amb. Chief Evans Etimigba (JP) who represented himself and royal father of the day, His Royal Majesty, Bosu Dio (JP), paramount ruler of Iduwini Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Apst. Goddy Satu, General Overseer, Authority of Christ Deliverance Ministry.
Chief. Amb. Sheriff Mulade, National Coordinator, Center for peace and environmental justice (CEPEJ) leader of the Burutu LGA legislative arm Joseph Alubeze, high Chief Ekomieyefa Uduboh, CEO of KFT Conglomerate, Managing Director, Joemarine Institute of Nautical Studies and Research, Prof. Benedict Binebai from the Niger Delta University, (NDU), Bayelsa State, Barr. Oweilaemi Pereotubo Roland, former president Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Rt. Hon. Asiaye Joseph Alubeze, former leader Burutu Legislative House, Hon. Stanley Braboke, commissioner for Labour, employment and productivity, Bayelsa State, president Ijaw Oil and Gas producing communities, Bishop Joseph Irawo, Mr. Austin Andabai Wareyai, CEO Austcurt Group Companies, Amb. Dr. Comr. Anthony Ebitonmo Alapala.
Others include Chiefs from almost all Ijaw kingdoms in Delta State, Comr. Austin Ozobo, president Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, National Coordinator Ijaw Interest Advocates, Amb. Salaco Arerebo Yerinmene Jnr, IYC Leaders and clan chairmen in Western Zone, women groups, youth groups, community leaders as well as others too numerous to mention.