The Lagos and Delta State governments alongside number of corporate organisations have declared interest to partner the Guild of Online Corporate Publishers (GOCOP) for the 6th annual conference scheduled to hold on Thursday, October 6,2023 in Lagos State
Penpushing reports that, the chairman of the conference committee, Ken Ugbechie made this known in a statement, adding that other partners include: Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Chevron Nigeria Limited, Access Bank ,Globacom , Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Unity Bank and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“The momentum has continued to rise for the sixth annual conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) as more corporate partners emerge for the event scheduled for Thursday, October 6 at esteemed Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos”, Ugbechie added.
Penpushing further reports that, a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), Remmy Nweke also quoted Ugbechie as explaining that the theme of the conference is “2023 Elections: Managing the Process for Credible Outcome” .
The statement said the keynote speaker is the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while the chairman of the day would be the founder, Centre for Alternative Policy Perspectives and Strategy (CAPPS) Dr. Umar Ardo, while the panelists are: Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa(SAN) who is a lawyer-activist , former Inspector General of Police, Dr. Solomon Arase, and Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye Regional Director Ford Foundation West Africa.
Penpushing also reports that, before
now, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) 2022 conference has announced earlier partnerships with the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc.), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as the First Bank Plc, Nigeria Liquefied National Gas (NLNG) Limited, The Presidency, Wema Bank, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA)
The statement added that the committee assured that this year’s conference slated to hold barely five months to the 2023 general elections provides a roadmap for political actors and the various publics on the need to play by the rules and conform to acceptable electoral behavior.
Penpushing reports that, the statement added that highlights expected at this year’s conference, is a business luncheon with Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) partners on Wednesday, October 5, at the same venue, while it is recalled that former speakers at previous conferences include Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto who took podium in 2019 to lecture on “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward”, and in 2021, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation keynoted the Conference in his capacity as Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus, spoke on: “Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Recovery and Reconstruction in Nigeria.”
“The Guild was established to ensure that online publishers uphold the tenets of journalism in doing their jobs and our membership is a constellation of Editors and senior journalists who, having distinguished themselves in their various stations, ventured into online publishing which is both the present and future of journalism globally,” Ugbechie emphasised.
Penpushing further reports that, he stressed that the conference is therefore a fitting platform for the distillation and sharing of ideas from a carefully chosen array of resource persons cutting across the entire socio-political ecosystem, adding that the online publishers intends to use the opportunity of the conference to moderate the already tense political climate as well as to proffer solutions to current and anticipated challenges arising from the elections.
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