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How Media Can Change Negative Perceptions About Rivers State

MR CHINA, OTAJI and AMAECHI OKONKWO ( CHAIRMAN OF CORRESPONDENTS' CHAPEL) FROM CLARICE AZUATALAM, PORT HARCOURT

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The media in Rivers State has been urged to change the negative perception of Rivers State, to make it the economic hub, which it is meant to be.

My-Ace China, an entrepreneur who advocated for this also called on the Rivers State government and the media to spearhead the campaign to change the negative perception of investors about Port Harcourt, the state capital.

China, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Construction and Housing Mayor Limited in the State, made the call while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Correspondents’ Week, in Port Harcourt.

The week is organized by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in partnership with the ‘Mayor of Housing’ with the theme: “Rivers State And Quest For Ideal Investment Climate: Role Of The Media”.

The sub theme is: “Need for a Blend of Infrastructure and Entrepreneurship for Accelerated Economic Growth.”

China stated that there was the need for the government to increase its support to the media, for it to continue to engage in positive reportage of activities that promote the state.

The business tycoon who is popularly known as “Mayor of Housing”, also noted that residents of the state were tired of the capital flight from Port Harcourt, adding that even the government was tired of making promises without fulfilling them.

He said: “Entertainers are tired of the Lagos, Port Harcourt dichotomy. The greatest thing we are tired of is the capital flight. We are tired of that narrative that Port Harcourt is unsafe.

“The second part of what I want to say is that we are tired. I have been in Rivers State long enough to feel the pulse of the people; we are tired.

“Talk to the incumbent governor, he will tell you that he is tired of politicking and politics, he is hungry for value-ticking and value-tics.

“He is tired of political promises without dividends of democracy. He is tired of promises without deliverables.

“He is so passionate about delivering deliverables to a level without minding whose ox is gored. He is committed to that and I admire him greatly.”

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