Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

New Dawn As Ijaw Journalists Forum Springs Up In Delta – The Liberator 

By Binebai Princewill

It is indeed a new dawn as Ijaw Journalists Forum, IJF springs up in Delta State as an umbrella body covering all Ijaw practising journalists in the state.

The Liberator Newspaper can report that IJF comes to life with an interim six man committee, charged with the responsibility of organizing the association within a period of time where proper election will be conducted for its officials.

The interim members include, Comr. Kings Kofa Chairman; Mr Kelly Gilor, vice Chairman; Mr Cletus Opukeme, Secretary General; Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill, Spokesman; Mr Ebipade Ayabotu, treasurer and Mr. Kagbala Ezekiel, Assistant Secretary.

However, in his acceptance speech, Chairman of the Ijaw Journalist Forum, Comr. Kings Kofa vowed to bring his wealth of experience in moving the forum forward.

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It would be recalled that Kofa hails from Ogriagbene community in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, he is a veteran journalist of the Daily Independent Newspaper.

In his words: “It is a forum to protect safety/welfare of journalists as well as seek for press freedom in a democratic society.Advocacy for media standard and against fake news. IJF has a zero tolerance for bad governance and multinationals ill operational policies in Niger Delta region which perpetually enslave the oil bearing communities in Niger Delta. Our goal is to use non-violent approach to agitate for equal rights, fairness and justice as expected in a free society”

“IJF will give adequate reporting of the Ijaw oil bearing communities in Niger Delta who have been raped, abused, marginalized and oppressed by both multinationals and successive governments of Nigeria over the years.

“We will not wait for others to tell our story of under development amidst abundant oil and Gas resources and virtually live in abject poverty and wretchedness”

Meanwhile, the interim six man committee was inaugurated on Sunday (Yesterday) at the reigning Beke-Ebi Lakeside Hotel and Suite, Ebrumede in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta with several Ijaw leading publishers and practising journalists.

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