PMAN must brace up for the new challenges – Delta Speaker

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Monday spoke of his personal respect and feeling for the practitioners of music in

Nigeria, urging them to support government efforts at improving the revenue of the state.

The speaker said he saw the role of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) as very fundamental along with that of the government in moving a nation to its ideal setting.

Igbuya spoke in Asaba during the visit of PMAN officials in Delta State to his office.

He urged them to use their skills to enlighten the people on the ideals of good governance,

He also appealed to them to think of music that can increase the Internally Generated Revenues of states.

“Musicians must look for ways in which they can benefit from government. They must educate government officials on how to shift from oil and federal allocations. They also need to educate the people on taxes, electronic campaign and a clean environment “he advised.

Igbuya who thanked the group for supporting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, recalled his father’s contribution to the music industry.

“My father was an organist. He played music but none of us took after him. However, we are using the Igbuya Foundation to support the music industry by sponsoring people at the university level” he said.

Earlier, the chairman, PMAN, Delta State Chapter, Evangelist Quincy Tebite, congratulated the speaker on his victory at the poll, his emergence as the speaker, victory at the tribunal and at the Court of Appeal.

Quincy while describing the visit as significant urged the Delta State House of Assembly to pass a bill will compel media organizations, hotels and other industrial bodies to pay royalty to PMAN.



UPU Leaders to Igbuya: We need you

The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) on Saturday reversed itself on the excommunication of Senator Representing Delta Central, Chief Ighoyoya Amori, Delta State Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, former Minister of Information, Prof Sam Oyoubaire, Member Representing Sapele, Okpe and Uvwie Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Evelyn Oboro and Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Erhiatake Ibori.

President of the Caretaker Committee, Chief Gabriel Ofotokun said some individuals orchestrated the excommunication for selfish reasons.
“There was no time we took decision to excommunicate you and others. It was done for personal reason. There is nothing like excommunication. It was a demonic opinion of certain individuals. We are going to address a world press conference. I repeat, there was no time we excommunicated our first eleven. If you excommunicate your first eleven, who are you going to use to achieve result? If we need anything from the Delta State House of Assembly today, we need to see you. God has done it for Urhobo. Our son is the speaker of the house” he said.

Ofotokun who paid courtesy call on the speaker in Sapele on Saturday said the expulsion was rescinded by the president general of the various communities.
“Since the so-called wise men purportedly excommunicated you, can they ask you to support the Urhobo nation? The answer is no. Senator Ighoyota Amori is representing Urhobo in the senate. If that senator is said to be excommunicated, how do you go to the senate to ask for something? Where do we go from here?
Describing those behind the evil agenda as brainless and demonic, Ofotokun expressed optimism that the union would not have issues like these again.
“You are a great man. God made you for a time like this. We are very proud of you. It is not easy to be speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly. Our aim of coming is to congratulate you, beg you for the error committed and to discuss the way forward for the apex organization of Urhobo nation, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU)”.
Ofotokun who also discussed the programmes of the union with the honourable speaker praised late Patrick Aziza for his progressive ideas and financial contributions to the union.

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