Abuja Online Publishers  Unite For Professionalism, Inaugurate  Steering  Committee

Online publishers operating from the nation’s capital have united under the aegis of Abuja Online Publishers (AOP) with a firm resolve to unite for truth and accuracy in the emerging media industry.

The inaugural meeting which held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)-FCT Secretariat on Friday January 20, 2023, had in attendance Publishers drawn from across news genres operating primarily online.

Abuja Online Publishers aim to advocate the importance of verifiable and trusted online news media in a democratic society, and to encourage diversity and inclusion as reference point for high editorial standards.

The Association intends to serve its members and the wider industry through lobbying, campaigning and facilitating professional development through events and activities that meet the emerging needs of the media industry in Nigeria.

A five-member interim committee was set up chaired by Martins Odiete, Publisher Ajasa Media, to be assisted by Ignatius Ushie, Publisher of Peaknews Online; Sola Akingboye, Publisher of RegentAfrica Times, as the Secretary of the Association. Gift Olivia, Publisher of The Sight News; and Mrs Khadijat Oluwatoyin Ameen, Publisher TeeTv News were appointed as Treasurer and Financial Secretary, respectively.

Two ad-hoc committees for the drafting of the body’s Constitution and Finance were equally constituted with the latter expected to conclude its terms of reference and report within two weeks.

All the Publishers in attendance were unanimous in their resolve to work together professionally and pragmatically in order to lay an enduring foundation for the online genre of journalism, which is the future of the pen profession.

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