Verifiable facts before HardReporters have revealed that the Executive Council members of the Performing Musician Association of Nigeria, (PMAN) Delta State chapter nearly engaged themselves in a physical brawl over a disbursement formula for a meager sum of N2.5 million gifted them by governor Ifeanyi Okowa during a courtesy visit.
HardReporters would recalled that the Executive Council members of the Performing Musician Association of Nigeria, (PMAN) Delta State Chapter led by its Chairman, Mr. Tebite Quincy had in March, 21, 2018 paid a courtesy visit on governor Ifeanyi Okowa in his office in government house, Asaba.
Confiding in our correspondent yesterday in Lagos, a member of the association, revealed that a problem also erupted at the stage of selecting those to be in the visiting team to see the governor in Asaba.
“Delta state PMAN has totally lost its value because of peanuts. We don’t have any moral value any more. Before now we musicians have respect and value. Can you imagine the likes of Raskimo and Orits Wiliki and others who were singing against injustices and looting of our resources by our politicians in the society. Very unfortunately, we are the ones now running after these same politicians begging them for peanuts, campaigning for them and singing their praises to high heavens.
“We in PMAN have been so very angry with governor Okowa for his refusal to show us appreciation after campaigning for him during the 2015 general elections which he won. So many of us spent our own money, myself, Raskimo, Orits Wiliki came all the way from Lagos that period and spent weeks in hotels with our own money following the governor’s train, campaigning for him and after winning we were all abandoned.
“It was after several failed avenues to meet with the governor that luck came upon us during one of the governor’s town hall meetings held in March when one of our members raised the issue that we have been abandoned as all avenues to reach him have also failed and immediately he gave us appointment. At this stage, problem emanated over who to be in the visiting team and not and Okowa needed the executive members not more than 15 persons, but all the members of PMAN wanted to be in the visiting entourage.
“After so much bickering and in house fighting among ourselves, it was resolved that let only 20 persons go for the visit including Lagos based and Delta born Raskimo and Orits Wiliki. At the end of the long over due courtesy visit, where unmerited encomiums were poured on the governor at the EXCO chambers, the governor thereafter called two of our members upstairs and the sum of N2 million was handed over to them on behalf of the association. Shamefully, immediately the cash arrived another bickering and in house fighting ensued among us over the disbursement formula.” the musician lamented.
According to the Lagos based Delta born musician, the whole scenario was a shameful one adding that Delta state PMAN has lost its respect and value before the governor and the society.
Meanwhile, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had during the visit opined that the music industry was a veritable tool to ensure peace and security in the state adding that insecurity has reduced because of the peace promoted among the youths through music
“We must thank you for the effort You have been making to bring peace in the state through your music, this has helped in improving development in the state.”
Okowa commended the association for the idea of advocating for a state musical fiesta annually stressing that “Asking to contribute your quota to the development of our youths and the state through this fiesta is a good idea which my government will encourage.”
Speaking earlier, state chairman of the Performing Musician Association of Nigeria, (PMAN), Mr. Tebite Quincy, commended governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his developmental stride in the state and assured him of the association’s continuous support.
It was reliably gathered that governor Ifeanyi Okowa has vowed not to have anything to do with the members of the PMAN having paid them off for the campaign job they claimed to have expended huge sums of their hard earned money sleeping in hotels and carrying out other engagements in the name of the 2015 campaigns.