Preparations for Nigeriaâ€™s hosting of the 2018 World Congress and General Assembly of the International Press Institute (IPI) have kicked off with the constitution of nine planning committees.
The committees, set up at an extraordinary meeting of Nigerian media stakeholders held on November 28, 2017, in Lagos are: the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the committees on Finance; Sponsorship; Programme and Events; Media and Publicity; Transport and Logistics; Contact and Protocol; Venue and Accommodation; and Security.
A statement signed by the Secretary of the LOC, Raheem Adedoyin, said the LOC is headed by the President of the Newspaper Proprietorsâ€™ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, with Mallam Kabiru Yusuf and Mallam Garba Shehu as Deputy Chairmen.
He himself, as the Secretary of IPI Nigeria, would serve as Member/ Secretary.
Speaking at the stakeholdersâ€™ meeting, LOC Chairman, Obaigbena, said the Nigerian media was ready to host the world.
â€œWe have the whole world to host in six months; and we are prepared to host the world in six months, to showcase the best of Nigeria and the best of Africa,â€ he said.
Obaigbena also promised that the host committee â€œwould promote an agenda on issues that matter to us( Nigerians) and that matter to Africa.â€
The committees are to meet in December to fashion out a work plan and submit their reports to the LOC in January.
Other members of the LOC are Mallam Ismaila Isa, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mallam Wada Maida, Lady Maiden Ibru, Dr. Kalu Orji Kalu, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, Mr. John Momoh, Mallam Yakubu Muhamned, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Dr. Tonnie Iredia, Sir Folu Olamiti.
Also in the LOC are Mrs Funke Egbemode, Mr. Waheed Odusile, Mr. Victor Ifijeh, Mr. Emma Agu, Mallam Mohamned Idris and Mr. Eric Osagie.
Heads of the other committees, their deputies and secretaries are: Finance: Mallam Ismaila Isa Chairman), Mallam Kabiru Yusuf( deputy chair), Mr. Waheed Odusile( Member/ Secretary); Sponsorship: Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Chair), Obaigbena ( Deputy Chair), Victoria Ibanga (Member/ Secretary); Programme and Events: Mallam Kabiru Yusuf( Chair), Mr. Eniola Bello (Deputy Chair), Tracia Ubani (Member/Secretary); and Transportation and Logistics: Sir Folu Olamiti ( Chair), Mr. Nnamdi Njemanze( deputy chair), Dr. Qasim Akinreti( Member/ Secretary)
Other committees and their members are: Media and Publicity: Dr. Tonnie Iredia (Chairman), Mr. Eric Osagie (Deputy Chair), Mr. Yemi Ajayi (Member/Secretary); Contact and Protocol Mallam Garba Shehu (Chair), Mrs Comfort Obi (Deputy Chair), Hajia H.H. Sanni (Member/ Secretary); Venue/Accommodation: Mallam Wada Maida (Chair), Mrs Funke Egbemode (Deputy chair), Catherine Agbo (Member/ Secretary); Security: Mallam Idris Mohammed (Chair), Mr. Madu Onuorah (Deputy Chair), Madam Rafat Salami (Member/Secretary).