By Agi Onda
Arrangements are in top gear for the 2018 annual world conference of the International Press Institute (IPI), scheduled for between June 21 to 23 in Abuja.
A statement by Director of Press Freedom Programmes, International Press Institute, Scott Griffen, said the theme of the conference: “Why Good Journalism Matters”, will affirm the indispensable role of quality media in building strong societies.
It would also showcase investigative stories and projects that would bring positive change to individuals and communities in Africa and the world as a whole.
“IPI is thrilled to hold its 2018 World Congress in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, which boasts a vibrant and highly innovative media scene,” IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said, after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian Host Committee yesterday during an IPI Executive Board meeting in Washington, D.C.
A former IPI Executive Board member from Nigeria, Mallam Ismaila Isa, who signed the memorandum on behalf of the Nigerian host committee, added that “Nigeria is prepared and looking forward to receiving the world’s media in June 2018. We hope to make this the most successful World Congress in the history of IPI.”
The Nigeria host committee is headed by Prince Nduka Obaigbena, President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
In addition to Isa, other members of the host committee include Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, chairman of the Daily Trust newspaper; Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on media and publicity; Mr. Raheem Adedoyin, Secretary of IPI Nigeria National Committee; Mrs. Funke Egbemode, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE); and Mr. Waheed Odusile, President of the