GOCOP inducts new members

The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), swelled in ranks on Thursday with the induction of 21 new members.

The induction was part of activities marking the fifth annual conference of the guild.

Venue was Sheraton Hotels in Ikeja Lagos and the occasion was chaired by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while the keynote speaker was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who is also chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha.

A press statement signed by the publicity secretary of the organization, Remmy Nweke, the SGF who was represented by the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, spoke on the theme “Post COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery and Reconstruction in Nigeria.”

Among the inductees are Ms Rose Moses, Editor-in-Chief, Newsmart; Mr. Toni Kan, publisher, thisislagos.ng; Dele Fashomi, Editor-in-Chief, IQ4 Media Ltd; Sir Folu Olamiti, Publisher, Newspot; Ignatius Chukwu, Editor-in-chief, SILVER NEWS Online; Victoria Ibanga, Editor-in-Chief, The Next Edition; Ayo Olesin, Editor-in-Chief, The NewsMatrics; Dipo Kehinde, Publisher, NewsmakersNG; Joan Chioma Obinagwam, publisher/Editor-in-chief of Confiance News and Biodun Durojaiye, Editor-in-Chief, The Lagos Times.

Others include Tajudeen Abdulkareem, Editor-in-Chief, Credible News; Sakibu Olokojobi, Editor-In-Chief, FrontPage; Dumebi IfeanyiChukwu, Publisher, POLITICS NIGERIA; Oluwadare Mayowa, Editor-in-Chief, Global Financial Digest; Shola Oshunkeye, President /CEO of The Crest; Muhammad Danjuma Katsina, publisher, Katsina city News; Olumide Bajulaiye, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Dispatch Newspaper and Hassan Gimba, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Neptune Prime.

Equally inducted were Celestine Okafor, Dr. Iseoluwa Ige, and Francis Chukwudi.

Speaking on the occasion, the new president of the GOCOP, Ms Maureen Chigbo, restated the group’s commitment to professionalism, integrity, national development and capacity building.

She also reminded that GOCOP is primed to promote the advancement of journalism as a profession and economic wellbeing of members.

Some of the new members in separate statements, expressed hope for GOCOP’s continuous promotion of professionalism among other virtues.

Ms Moses, who is also publisher of the Newsmart, expressed happiness over her membership. “I am glad to be admitted as member of the distinguished body of online publishers. I congratulate the members of the executive, both past and present, for the good work they’ve been doing in maintaining ethics and professionalism and also for successful hosting of the conference. I have no doubt it’s going to be a pleasurable experience,” she said.

The Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Confiance News, Chioma Obinagwam, on her part, said: “We are all looking up to the leadership of GOCOP to continue to build an association of responsible and highly professional journalists.”

Similarly, publisher of Newsmakers, Mr. Kehinde advised that “The leadership must continue to mind the ethics, culture, and business of news media, as it strives to promote activities that will contribute to the professional advancement and economic wellbeing of members.”

GOCOP is a registered non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organisation, comprising owners of online publications who previously worked as professional journalists in major mainstream media organisations.

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