Chief Timipre Sylva when he was governor of Bayelsa State did not take the Nigeria Press lightly. His advantage was the choice of Mr. Douifie Ola as his Chief Press Secretary, who was a pillar of the media profession, who understandably must have impressed in the mind of the governor the need for his government and the press to be the best of friends.
Gov. Sylva Presenting The Award To Chief Tubonah
Chief Sylva was indeed friendly as he dealt with all arms of the media: print, electronic and the new media. Once he hosted the new media, so he also dealt with the national and the world press. But one aspect of his press relations was that he that he loved the Bayelsa State indigenous tabloids, and to prove, on Thursday the 12th of February, 2009 honored this medium the "GOLDEN PEN AWARD". The Governor said, it was to appreciate the objectivity, and promotion of peace and security by the Golden Pen Newspaper during the militancy crisis
that the award was give. The recipient, Chief O.G. Evans Tubonah the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of the paper appreciated the governor for the honor.