Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike has won the title of Face of Democracy in Nigeria through a well-articulated and strategic execution of legacy projects, the State Information and Information Commissioner said. communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim.
Nsirim made the claim during a press briefing on the second leg of the second phase of the ministry’s #OurStateOurResponsibility advocacy campaign in Port Harcourt on Monday.
He said Governor Nyesom Wike’s remarkable transformation of the state had left critics stunned and bewildered.
“As you know, Rivers State had entered a NEW realm of glory since May 29, 2015, thanks to the accomplishments of our beloved state’s hardworking governor, Nyesom Wike.
“His projects speak for themselves. So it’s no surprise that all they (the critics) do now is hang on to straws and try to throw weak shots that can’t hurt a fly, ”he said. .
He therefore called on the people of Rivers to remain vigilant to ensure that the forces of darkness and regression that see no good in efforts to transform the state remain in the trash of history where they have been. recorded.
The commissioner said entries for the theme song contest for the advocacy campaign began on Monday and it was open to anyone residing and doing business in Rivers State.
“After successfully completing the essay contest, the department is ready to roll the dice for the theme song contest.
“Our desire in launching this thematic song contest is to ensure that our best and brightest creative minds have the opportunity to be innovative. We want our employees to put their creative talents at the service of the search for revolutionary ideas through reflection ”.
He stressed that the theme song should line up and match the #OurStateOurResponsibility.
“We expect the theme song to tell Rivers State residents and others what to expect and what is expected of them.
He said the contestants had to produce themed songs that people could think of, something that would be simple, catchy and easy to remember, no longer than three minutes, and could make a connection with listeners.
He announced a panel of three judges, including a versatile musician and former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Rivers State Chapter, Lexi Mueka, also known as Lexy M; on the personality of the air, Baridam Charles alias Vitamin C; and one of Nigeria’s top Disc Jockeys, Ofori Williams.
Nsirim announced 300,000 N; Prizes of 150,000 N and 100,000 N for the winners of the first, second and third places of the thematic song contest.
“But beyond the cash incentive, there is an even greater opportunity. This competition has the potential to throw the winner on the national or world stage, as we have seen from small beginnings of this nature. So we expect our creative minds to look beyond the cash incentive and think about a legacy they will remember, ”he said.
He said applicants should download the entry forms, rules and regulations guiding the competition from the advocacy campaign website: www.ourstateourresponsibility.com no later than December 13, 2021, which is the date limit for registrations.
He said completed registration forms and signed acceptance of rules and regulations along with registration documents should be sent to the ministry’s email address: [email protected]
The commissioner said the emergence of the essay competition opened up a new prospect of hope that the advocacy campaign was gaining traction among the state’s youth.
As a result, he said, the laureate who is the ambassador of # Our State Our Responsibility, Miss Oyibo Sophia Awajibenem, would be supported by the ministry to run a one-day awareness program on November 25, 2021 at the Ministry of Condition. women’s campaign entitled: “The Wind of Change” aimed at promoting and strengthening the #OurStateOurResponsibility advocacy campaign.
“She would interface and interact with young people from 23 regions of local government, youth organizations and people with disabilities, to advance the second phase of the advocacy campaign,” he revealed.
Nsirim also took the opportunity to salute the rare qualities of Sophia, who, months after serving as the ministry’s ambassador, continued to spark the interest of young people in Rivers State to understand and embrace the advocacy campaign.
Also speaking, former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Rivers State Chapter, Lexi Mueka praised the Commissioner for launching a platform that would uncover hidden talents and catapult those seeking such a platform. to showcase their talents in music.
He assured that the panel of judges would be impartial in examining the entries of the competitors according to the rules established by the ministry.
In her remarks, essay contest winner and currently ministry ambassador, 18-year-old Miss Sophia Awajibenem Oyibo, revealed how elated she has been since winning the contest.
She said the new status has inspired several young people in the state who now believe in the benefits of hard work, integrity and patience.
By: John Bibor