Ahead of the world congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) scheduled for Nigeria in June, the Director of the world body, Barbara Trionfi, will visit the countryÂ next Wednesday.
According to the statement issued by Mr. Eric Osagie, Managing Director of The Sun Publishing Limited and spokesman for the forthcoming NigerianÂ congress, the visiting director will start her schedule in Abuja where she will attend a meeting withÂ IPI members/media stakeholders, following which a joint press conference will be addressed by Trionfi and Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Congress Organising Committee.
The IPI director will alsoÂ pay a courtesy visit to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
Â The IPI director will also visit Senate PresidentÂ Bukola Saraki and inspect the June congress venue, designated hotels and congress event centres.
The IPI director will be in Lagos on February 23 and February 24, where she will hold a meeting with media stakeholders, after which she and Chairman of THISDAY Newspaper Group, Obiegbena, will address a joint press conference.
The IPI director will pay courtesy calls on Lagos State Governor,Â Mr.Â Akinwumi Ambode, Chairman of Tony Elumelu Foundation,Â Mr.Â Tony Elumelu, and media owners, like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. John Momoh, Chairman/CEO of Channels Television.
Trionfi, with background in International Relations and Human Rights, joined the IPI in 2000 as a press freedom adviser for the Asia-Pacific region.
She carried out researches in the field of human rights and freedom of expression.
Trionfi also oversaw IPIâ€™s global press freedom activities.
As executive director, she manages IPIâ€™s operations.
The director spoke last night about the importance of her visit and the hosting rights given to Nigeria:
â€œIPI is excited to hold its World Congress in Abuja this year and thankful to Nigeriaâ€™s leading news organisations for hosting it. For many years, IPIâ€™s Nigeria National Committee has shown a great commitment to press freedom and quality journalism. The Abuja World Congress represents a unique opportunity for IPIâ€™s global network of editors, leading journalists and media executives to build closer ties with their colleagues in Nigeria and West Africa, share experiences and advance a common strategy for safe, independent, public-interest journalism,â€ she said.
The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives across the world. The organisation promotes conditions that allow the media to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation.
The IPI defends media freedom and the free flow of news.
This yearâ€™s IPI World Congress,Â holding in Abuja from June 21- to 23, 2018, will attract hundreds of leading editors and journalists from across the world who will discuss numerous challenges journalists are facing.