GOCOP holds annual conference, business luncheon for media managers, advertisers


GOCOP holds annual conference, business luncheon for media managers, advertisers

The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) is set to hold its annual conference slated for October 5, 2023.

The conference is to be preceded by hosting media managers, editors and advertisers from the private and public sectors to a luncheon on October 4.

Periscope International reports that the theme of the 7th annual conference is: “Nigeria: Roadmap for Socio-Economic Recovery and Sustainability.”

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A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Remmy Nweke, says the two events are a part of GOCOP’s 7th annual conference, which kicks off on Wednesday, October 4 at the Abuja Continental Hotel (Old Sheraton) by 12 noon.

Nweke explained that the luncheon is meant to specifically provide a relaxed atmosphere for networking and active engagement between members of GOCOP and the media managers of corporate organisations, states and federal government, ministries, departments and agencies, as well as advertisers.

He said, “All image and perception managers, including chief press secretaries, commissioners for information, corporate communications employees of parastatals, ministries, agencies, financial institutions, manufacturing and service sectors; advertising and public relations practitioners are expected at the event.”

He added that the luncheon highlights the sincerity and commitment of GOCOP to partner with major actors in the public and private sectors, as well as international agencies.

The Guild’s Secretary assured that prominent stakeholders in the polity, civil society organisations, security, judiciary, media, among others, had confirmed participation.

He disclosed that this year’s conference would be chaired by the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, while Prof. Uche Uwaleke has been confirmed as the keynoter for this year.

Nweke said that seasoned panelists for the event include the Secretary-General, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), Prof. Yakubu A. Ochefu; Special Adviser to the President (Policy Coordination) Hajia Hadiza Bala-Usman, and Chief Executive Officer, Cowry Assets Management Ltd, Mr. Johnson Chukwu.

He recalled that past speakers at the Conference included: Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto who delivered the 2019 lecture on “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward”.

Nweke said that Boss Mustapha, erstwhile Secretary to the Government of the Federation, keynoted the 2021 Conference on, “Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Recovery and Reconstruction in Nigeria,” in his capacity as Chairman of the then Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.

Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) delivered the 2022 conference address titled, “2023 Elections: Managing the Process for Credible Outcome.”

“The Guild, which has over 90 corporate publishers as members, was established to ensure that online publishers uphold the tenets of journalism in doing their jobs.

“Our membership is a constellation of editors and senior journalists, who, having distinguished themselves in their various stations in the print and electronic media, ventured into online publishing, which is both the present and future of journalism globally,” the statement concluded.

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