Port Harcourt born Nollywood actor, humanitarian & Politician Lady Mina Horsfall has condemned totally, the demolition of DAAR Communication office in Rivers state.
Hon Mina made the call on Tuesday, September 5, 2020 via a release from her Abuja office, while reacting to the demolition of the Rivers State office of the media concern by the newly sworn in administration of Governor Sim Fubara, following a lingering crisis.
“I want to condemn in strong terms the demotion of Daar Communications property in Port Harcourt by the Rivers State government. I join the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Civil Society Organisations to condemn the act’, just as she warned that the exit of Daar Communications PLC from Rivers State would have an adverse effect on the state’s economy due to loss of jobs by indigenes.
It could be recalled that the Rivers State House of Assembly had in late 2022 revoked the 868 plots of land occupied by Daar Communications Plc along NTA Road in Obio/Akpor Council of the state, following a report presented during plenary by the House Committee on Public Complaints and Petitions.
“Investigation reveals that this may have been caused by the rift existing between the then executive governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Nyesom Wike and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Raymond Dokpesi, who owns Daar Communications Plc, operators of African Independent Television (AIT) and Ray Power FM” the release partly stated, unfortunately, Chief Dokpesi passed on in 2023 after the election and political tussle.
Lady Horsfall, who is the National Coordinator of United Nigerians for PDP had earlier made a call for “the federal government, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and civil society groups to rise up and act, to protect the investment and preserve the jobs of DAAR Communication employees. She said: “from my research, Daar Communications employs about 48 Rivers natives, 48 persons would have lost their jobs. The demolition may adversely affect the state’s economy, being an establishment which has about a hundred employees in its payroll”.
“This brings me to the question ‘How do you hate a man to his grave,? she queried. Adding that AIT promoted the cause of the South-South so much and it owned by a son of the soil.
Mina called on Governor Fubara to rather inherit enemies of his predecessor, he should build on his achievement to preserve and unite Rivers people and their livelihood.