By Stephen Asaba-ase
The Managing Director of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, Chief (Engr.) Kestin Pondi will be chairman of the inaugural ceremony of the Ijaw Publishers Forum, IPF.
Congress learnt that the event would be held February 29, 2024, in Warri, Delta State.
It was gathered Chief Pondi made the decision to chair the occasion when the delegation of IPF led by its President Comr. Ozobo Austin, CEO of Congress Newspaper, paid him a courtesy visit at the Tantita’s office in Warri.
The Tantita MD commended the Ijaw Publishers decision to join forces together to birth the formidable platform and also pledged his full support of the Forum’s inauguration.
According to Pondi, Ijaw people like other ethnic groups in the country are Nigerians but were wrongly misconceived and erroneously labeled as militants by those who were alien to their clamour for equity and justice.
He, however, noted that the era of other people telling the Ijaw and Niger Delta story is fading away as the Ijaw Nation is making tremendous progress with the coming on board of mainstream media organizations owned by Ijaw sons and daughters.
He urged the members of IPF to remain steadfast in their pursuit of rebranding the Ijaw Nation as well as making their contributions to its continuous growth in the region and in the country at large.
Earlier, President Ozobo, while briefing the Tantita M.D. on behalf of the Forum’s members, appreciated Chief Pondi for the support the security firm had been offering indigenous media platforms towards their growth.
Ozobo also promised that the Forum would not disappoint Niger Deltans while he also plead for the continuous support for the Ijaw Publishers by other stakeholders and leaders in the region.
Other IPF members who were in the delegation included Mr. Akemeotubo Arex of Waffi TV, Hon. Tamsokunbiri MMD of Parliament Newspaper and Rich & Famous Magazine, Prince Perez Klint of Iduwini Voice and Mr. Abai Francis of PENGlobal.