Furthermore, the IPF appealed for sponsorship of Ijaw journalists to undergo foreign training......
By Matthew Okaba
The Ijaw Publishers Forum (IPF), consisting of publishers and media executives, has urged leaders, traditional rulers, and stakeholders of the Ijaw nation and Niger Delta region to support and patronize media houses owned by the Ijaw people. In a statement released by Comrade Ozobo Austin (President) and Tare Magbei (Secretary) on Saturday, the IPF emphasized the need to empower Ijaw-owned media houses to effectively compete with other brands in the industry.
Furthermore, the IPF appealed for sponsorship of Ijaw journalists to undergo foreign training programs. The aim is to equip them adequately and position them to compete with their counterparts in the industry. The IPF highlighted the significant contributions of Ijaw media practitioners to the Niger Delta’s struggle for emancipation and resource control. Therefore, they believe that Ijaw leaders, traditional rulers, and Niger Delta stakeholders should provide support as a form of recognition and reward.
The IPF emphasized the importance of Ijaw writers in narrating the story of Ijaw’s experiences with balkanization, oppression, and deprivation. They argued that Ijaw publishers have played a crucial role in rectifying the negative portrayal of the Ijaw nation by foreign newspapers and reporters. The IPF also pointed out that foreign papers have caused substantial damage to the understanding of Ijaw history and its struggle. Consequently, they believe it is essential for Ijaw journalists to convey the Ijaw story accurately and from their unique perspective.
The group advised that Ijaw-owned media organizations should receive appropriate attention and support from all well-meaning Ijaw and Niger Delta leaders and traditional rulers.