IPI Sets up Com­mit­tee for 2018 World Congress in Abuja


The In­ter­na­tional Press In­sti­tute (IPI) has set up a sec­re­tar­iat and con­sti­tuted a steer­ing com­mit­tee to or­gan­ise the next world congress of the in­sti­tute in June next year in Abuja.

The set­ting up of the com­mit­tee was one of the res­o­lu­tions reached at the meet­ing hosted by in Abuja yes­ter­day.

The com­mit­tee is headed by the Pres­i­dent of News­pa­per Pro­pri­etors As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (NPAN), Mr. Nduka Obaig­bena, who would be as­sisted by two deputies - Kabiru Yusuf, Chair­man of and Chair­man of IPI Nige­ria and Garba Shehu, Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity.

Other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee are Raheem Ade­doyin, Sec­re­tary of IPI Nige­ria and Head of the Sec­re­tar­iat, Mrs. Funke Egbe­mode, Pres­i­dent of Nige­rian Guild of Edi­tors (NGE) and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed.

The res­o­lu­tions also in­di­cated that IPI Nige­ria would open up the event to the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Chair­man of the Plan­ning Com­mit­tee, Obaig­bena, de­scribed the IPI World Congress as “the most im­por­tant me­dia event in our coun­try in the last 50 years.”

Call­ing for the sup­port of all Nige­ri­ans in host­ing the event which he de­scribed as a “pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship,” NPAN pres­i­dent said: “We must do ev­ery­thing to make our coun­try great. We must not un­der-es­ti­mate or un­der-rate the great­ness of our coun­try.” The Pub­lisher of

Mr. Sam AmukaPemu, said the host­ing of IPI World Congress “is an awe­some task which calls for the sup­port of all Nige­ri­ans; it means a lot to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Nige­ria.”

The Chair­man of IPI Nige­ria, Malam Kabiru A. Yusuf, warned against the scep­ti­cism and im­age dis­so­nance con­cern­ing Nige­ria which, if not han­dled very well, might tor­pedo the coun­try’s host­ing of the event.

He, there­fore, charged the newly-es­tab­lished sec­re­tar­iat to be ready to re­spond to in­ter­na­tional en­quiries, par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to the is­sues of safety.

The other mem­bers of the plan­ning com­mit­tee in at­ten­dance at the meet­ing in­cluded a vet­eran of the IPI, Malam Is­maila Isa, Malam Wada Maida, Mr. Nnamdi Nje­manze of the Nige­ria Press Coun­cil (NPC), Mr. Emma Agu and Mr. Ti­mothy Oyedeji, rep­re­sent­ing the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion.

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