Bayelsa State is unique in more senses than one. Mr. Victor Binawari one of the heads of the 2015 Bayelsa Media Awards pointed out that even in the old Rivers State most of the broadcasting infrastructure were put in place by Bayelsans in leadership positions. Mr. Binawari said this much when his Committee visited the Bayelsa Social Media Committee to seek partnership with the cyberspace outfit. The Media Award according to Binawari will take place in January, 2015.
According to him, the Bayelsa Media Award is a unique brand of tourism whereby the State seeks to promote broadcasters at the state and national levels internationally and showcase our talents to the world. The award promises to unlock Bayelsa Potentials to the world with a view to promoting the brand in the vast world of opportunities. He reiterated that the local organizing Committee seeks the partnership of the social media because of the increasing role of the New Media in shaping communication and broadcasting.
Responding, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Dickson on Social Media who is also Chairman of the Bayelsa Social Media Committee Dr. John Idumange commended the Bayelsa Media Award Committee to broaden its scope of operation by partnering the private sector especially people who have garnered enormous experience in broadcasting and other aspects of the communication industry. He promised to partner the Committee and to muster up support morally and financially to ensure the success of hosting the Media Award.
In addition, the Social Media Chief requested the Committee not only to adopt voting as a method of selecting recipients but adopt a multi- faceted approach select awardees who have made a mark in both print and electronic ad well as social media journalists.
High point of the visit was the presentation of 10 copies of a book titled SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE & GOOD GOVERNANCE to the Bayelsa Media Award Committee by the Social Media Committee.
Mr. Victor Binawari was accompanied by another correspond of the AIT Mr. Samuel Numonengi. The social media members present at the event include: Mr. Saint Mienpamo Onitsha, Dave Asei, Mrs. Anita Godspower Benakiegha, Mrs. Karina Matthew Akanbi, Mr. Austin Bebara Abaye, Mr. Kokobaiye Abeki and Mr. Mackson Edore. Hon. Sunny Soroh – SSA to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Special Duties also graced the occasion.
John Idumange, reporting.