By FESTUS AHON
The Governor of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN, Delta State chapter, Evangelist Quincy Tebite (JP), has said that plans are in top gear towards the hosting of an Entertainment Summit which is slated for May, months after its successful maiden music concert which held at the Don Rose Event Centre in Ughelli, some weeks ago
In a chat with Tebite, he revealed that PMAN will be working hand-in-hand with the Delta State Government for the actualisation of the summit. In his words, ‘The entertainment summit is a big event coming up in May, and PMAN intends to partner with the Delta State Government.
It’s a programme aimed at educating all entertainers on the rudiments, the dignity and the place of music in contemporary society and government. Guest lecturers are also expected from neighbouring states and within. The programme will take two days and will eventually be held at the State capital, Asaba.’ On the reason for partnering with the state government, he said, ‘For the government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to succeed, all hands must be on deck and every Deltan must contribute his or her own quota.
If this is true, then PMAN Delta State is not an exception. That is why the Delta entertainment industry which makes up 7% of the Delta State total workforce decided to partner with the Okowa administration to ease unemployment and reduce restiveness of youths as part of PMAN’s socio-corporate and civil responsibilities. I see it as aiding Delta State Government in our own capacity and I advise other unions to join hands with Dr. Okowa’s government if we do not wish our well-being a fata morgana. He alone cannot do it, so let all Deltans support him and our prosperity will be fast-tracked“.
Shedding light on his achievements in office so far, Tebite who is also the Managing Director, Tisio-Tisio Music Orchestra, stated, ‘Achievements are relative, but let me see how I can enlist two. If you could remember, my few months in office brought us a brand new Toyota Hiace bus which was given to us by former Secretary to Delta State Government, Comrade Ovuzorie Macaulay. Now, we can speak with one voice and a common objective. We also have been able to redeem our image before the state government and the society at large. Before now, government sees us as discrete persons owing to different factions, but today, PMAN Delta State is one indivisible entity, hence we have been able to bridge the gap between us corporate bodies and the state government.’