BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA, Abuja –
Nigeria media stakeholders have concluded plans to host the 2018 World Congress and General Assembly of the International Press Institute (IPI).
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP signed by 2018 IPI World Congress, LOC, secretary, Raheem Adedoyin, it said the committee have kicked off final arrangements by constituting nine planning committees.
Members of the LOC include: chairman LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, Mallam Ismaila Isa, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mallam Wada Maida, Lady Maiden Ibru, Dr Orji Kalu, Mr John Momoh, Mallam Yakubu Muhammed, Mr Bayo Onanuga, Dr Tonnie Iredia and Sir Folu Olamiti.
Speaking at the stakeholders meeting, LOC chairman, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, said that the Nigerian media was ready to host the world.
“We 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,” he said.
Obaigbena, also promised that the host committee “would promote an agenda on issues that matter to us (Nigerians) and that matter to Africa.”
The committees are to meet to fashion out a work plan and submit their reports to the LOC in January.
However, the committees, set up at an extraordinary meeting of Nigerian media stakeholders 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.
The LOC deputy chairmen are Mallam Kabiru Yusuf and Mallam Garba Shehu.
The secretary, IPI Nigeria, Mr Raheem Adedoyin, will also serve as member and secretary.