By Shola Akinhboye, 21 January 2023.
No less than thirty online news publishers operating in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, under the aegis of Abuja Online Publishers (AOP), came together on Friday, to form a common ground with a firm resolve to unite for truth, accuracy, and professionalism in the discharge of their duties as members of the fourth realm of the estate, the media.
The inaugural meeting which was held at the National Union of Journalists, NUJ-FCT Secretariat today, Friday January 20, 2023, had in attendance Publishers drawn from across news genres operating primarily online.
According to a press statement signed by the Acting Secretary of the Association, Sola Akingboye, on Friday, 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 a 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.
“To steer the Association in the interim, a five-member committee 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; while 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 drafting the guilds 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.” The statement reads.