ABUJA/Nigeria: Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Friday March 30, 2018, deliver a keynote address at the National Convention of the Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) tagged “OWERRI 2018.”
The keynote address which will be delivered by the president’s special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, is in line with President Buhari’s recognition of the role of the online media to the political development of Nigeria.
In a statement released on Saturday night, March 24, 2018 by Promise Uzoma Okoro, the public relations officer of the association, online media practitioners in the country are encouraged to be part of the national convention.
“We have confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of his recognition of the importance of the online media, will, on Saturday through his special assistant on social media, Laureta Onochie, deliver a keynote address at our national convention holding on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018.
“The convention which is strictly for bloggers and online media practitioners is expected to handle sundry issues as they affect the online media in Nigeria.
“Other keynote speakers at the convention are: Dr. ACB Agbazuere, former commissioner for information, Abia state; Prince Odunze O. Odunze; special assistant to Governor Rochas Okorocha on media production; Rt. Hon. Shuaibu Sani, coordinating coordinator, Nasarawa pilot online media platform and Peter Jones Ailuorio, publisher of New Sentinel Online News Media Lagos.”
According to Okoro, the association will provide free accommodation for every registered participant at the convention. Registration is still open and will be closing soon.
However, in other to seek more spread and collaboration with practitioners outside Delta, the Delta Online Publishers Forum, DOPF, which is the legal registered body of Online News Publishers, has in a recent congress in Asaba, called their members to take advantage of the convention, as it will help improve on their experiences.