By Ignatius Ushie
Membership admission into the nascent professional association of all Online Publishers in the nation’s capital, Abuja has been suspended to allow the forum focus on the important task of nation building, weeks to the general elections.
According to a statement signed by Sola Akingboye, the Acting Secretary, this position was reached by the Steering Committee after the association reached 50-member milestone barely a week after its inauguration.
“The Steering Committee unanimously resolved to temporarily suspend membership admission to allow us concentrate on the onerous task of Nation Building weeks to the general elections”, he said.
“During this window, we will perfect our incorporation and compile our digital register for reference purposes”.
The statement also noted that the various adhoc committees are working assiduously to meet their timelines. “The Finance Committee had turned in its recommendation, the draft constitution will be out next week as well as our logo which will be ratified in a General Meeting to be announced soon”.
Overwhelmed by the wide acceptance of the association by all online Publishers, the Acting Chairman of the Association, Martins Odiete thanked all members for hearing the calls and heeding with their presence.
According to him, “On behalf of the Steering Committee, I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to you and your hard work. Your dedication helped us reach our goals. I deeply appreciate every member of this team for showing relentless effort for this project.
“This progress would not be possible without your contributions. I value your commitment to this vision and look forward to achieving all our milestones together” he said.
“Four weeks to the polls, we will devote our far reaching platforms to educate, inform and sensitize Nigerians and the global community about the activities of all stakeholders as we count down to the general elections with a view to reporting: fair, balanced and accurate updates”.
Abuja Online Publishers is an association of all online media with the aim of advocating the invaluable place of verifiable and trusted online news media in a democratic society, encourage diversity, inclusion and to be a reference point for high editorial standards.