BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), on Wednesday night at Adna Hotel, GRA, Ikeja – Lagos elected new executives to lead the association for the next two years.
The election which was conducted by a committee led by the Publisher of Global Patriot, Simon Ibe saw the Publisher of The Eagle Online, Dotun Oladipo, emerged as President of the Guild.
Oladipo was before the election, the Secretary General of the Association.
Other members of the new executive committee include the Publisher of Real News, Maureen Chigbo that emerged as Deputy President while the Publisher of Newsdiary online, Danlami Nmodu was elected as Secretary General.
Others are the Publisher of Metro Watch, Collins Edomaruse – Deputy Secretary General, Publisher of World Stage, Segun Adeleye – Financial Secretary, Publisher of The Scroll, Janet Mba-Afolabi –Treasurer and the Publisher of Qed.ng, Olumide Iyanda emerged as Publicity Secretary.
In his remarks shortly after the election, immediate past Acting President of GOCOP, Musikilu Mojeed, commended members of the electoral committee for organising a free and fair poll.
Mojeed congratulated Oladipo and his team just as he called on members of the Guild to give the new executives all the needed support.
The new Executive Committee will be inaugurated at the 1st annual conference of GOCOP holding on Thursday, August 10 at Renaissance Hotel, Isaac John Street, Ikeja.
The conference with the theme: “Sustaining Growth through Diversification of the Economy,” is expected to have a university Don, Prof. Akin Onigbinde; the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Bayo Onanuga; and the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi as keynote speakers.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, will also be speaking at the conference on the tackling of the Boko Haram insurgency in the face of the country’s economic reality.
Former Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Newspapers and now the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina; and the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph Newspapers, who is also the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode are expected discussants at the conference.