Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has been commended by the members of the Delta Online Publishers Forum (DOPF), for his longtime association with the forum since inception, especially at the formative stage.
The commendation was given on Tuesday when the Forum formerly presented ‘The Legislature of the Year Award’ (State) bestowed on the Speaker at the Forum’s 2021 Annual Lecture/Niger Delta Media Hall of Fame Induction and Awards.
Presenting the award to the Speaker, who represents Okpe State Constituency in the House, the Chairman of DOPF and leader of the delegation, Mr Emmanuel Enebeli, while congratulating him on his recent award of excellence presented to him by the Daily Independent media organisation, as the legislature and humanitarian man of the year, stated that the Forum found him worthy of the award following his efforts to his constituents and the State Assembly in terms of quality leadership, outstanding performance and delivery of dividends of democracy.
These projects and performances according to the DOPF chairman include; passage of development and legacy bills namely, the financial autonomy bills for the State legislature and judiciary, establishment bills of three (3) new universities in Delta State; massive facelift of the Assembly complex and legislator’s quarters, leading a peaceful and robust legislature amongst others
Enebeli also acknowledged the way the Speaker has been leading and managing the affairs of the State Assembly and for being the longest-serving Speaker in the history of the Delta State.
He told the Speaker that the number of registered members of DOPF was a deliberate strategy to prevent the Forum from being a place for all comers and to insulate the group against the activities of quacks in the journalism profession.
Enebeli emphasised that the present DOPF leadership was determined to ensure sanity in online journalism and publishing in the Niger Delta region and Nigeria in general.
While thanking the Forum for finding him worthy of the award of excellence as the legislature of the year, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori disclosed that he has been avoiding and turning many awards down but the credibility and importance of the Forum made him accept it.
He explained that he could not attend the Annual Convention of the Forum because it coincided with the date and time the State House of Assembly received the 2022 proposed budget from the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
While dedicating the award to God Almighty and to his colleagues, Oborevwori commended members of DOPF for their dedication to the ethics of the journalism profession adding that it is the duty of the Online Publishers to rid themselves of bad eggs.
“Please continue to do the right thing at all times. Stand against blackmail,” the Speaker added.
The award presentation, which took place at the Speaker’s office, Delta State House of Assembly Complex had in attendance some members of the State House of Assembly which included, Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Ferguson Onwo (Isoko South 1 State Constituency), Minority Leader, Hon. Innocent Anidi (Ethiope East State Constituency), Hon. Solomon Ighrakpata (Uvwie State Constituency) and Hon. Anthony Elekokhure (Ika South Constituency).