The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has described the death of Raymond Dokpesi – media entrepreneur and Founder of Daar Communication Plc – owner of Ray Power Radio and AIT, as a big loss to the Nigerian media industry and the country at large.
Diri stated this in a condolence message to the family, the management and staff of Daar Communication conveyed through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Saturday.
Diri noted that Nigeria has lost a media pathfinder, passionate patriot, an unassuming bridge-builder, and consummate administrator.
The governor remarked further that the late Dokpesi left indelible marks in the broadcast media through his pioneering efforts as well as in politics.
He said, “Dokpesi is fondly remembered for his candour, his unassuming personality, and courage in his pioneering initiative in private broadcast media.
“He left a mark as an icon in the democratisation of the media in Nigeria and as one who broadened the space for free speech among citizens.
“Dokpesi was also noted for his strength of character and ability to build strong bridges of unity. He was a man who cherished and respected friendship either in politics or in business,” Diri stressed.
He enjoined members of his family, and business empire to accept the loss as the will of God and that The Almighty will comfort them in this moment of grief.
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