Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Program, has urged journalists to focus on the positive features of the Niger Delta rather than the bad parts.
On the 6th of January 2022, he said this at the Niger Delta Annual Media Award, which was hosted by the GbaramatuVoice and held at the Bon Hotel in Warri, Delta State.
Mr. Neotabase Egbe, his Special Adviser on Media, bemoaned the scenario in which media practitioners labor and seek to tell tales with no one sharing their own narrative and no one honouring them, and applauded the GbaramatuVoice Newspaper for taking the initiative.
He praised the Niger Delta as being home to the most brilliant and resourceful people, as well as entertainment and creativity, and urged the media to focus on these good qualities rather than the bad ones.
According to him, the region is now the safest and most stable location to live and conduct business, and he urged everyone to improve on their mentality “so we can market a livable Niger Delta, the finest place to live and do business in Nigeria.”
The GbaramatuVoice newspaper’s management presented him a commendation award for the great way he has organized the amnesty program since his arrival, which has resulted in long-term calm in the Niger Delta area.
The event drew media professionals from around the Niger Delta, with the governor of Kogi State serving as the Guest of Honour. Many dignitaries, including the deputy governor of Delta State, were present at the event.
In his welcoming remarks, Jacob Abai, the brains behind the event and CEO/Publisher of the GbaramatuVoice weekly, highlighted the contribution all the present practitioners had played in the Niger Delta region’s triumphs over the years.
“Your deep commitment, innovative efforts, distinction, and excellence you have brought to each of your positions and your news platforms is deservedly recognized and acknowledged by GbaramatuVoice,” he explained adding that the day had been set aside to honour them.
“It is going to be an annual event,” he concluded.