By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Association of Online Media Practitioners of Nigeria (OPMAN,) Deputy National President (South West), Mr Peter Jones Ailuorio on Thursday inaugurated the Oyo State chapter of the association.
Inaugurating the association at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
OMPAN’s Deputy National President (South West), said “the association was formed in April in Owerri and so far, we have launched in Lagos and Ekiti states”.
Peter Jones Ailuorio a former News Editor of Leadership Newspaper said the future of journalism is online, adding that online media has an advantage over the conventional media in that they can break the news as it happens without necessarily waiting till the following day.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Chairman of the South West Group of Online Publishers, (SWEGOP), promised to cooperate with OMPAN, especially in view of it’s national outlook.
In his remark, former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Oyo State Council of the NUJ, Mr Wale Ojo Lanre urged SWEGOP and other bodies to cooperate with OMPAN.
The former Oyo NUJ Chairman pointed out that “Networking and allignment make things work. Let us synergize. Whatever goodness is there, let us tap it. Every connection is a plus”,.
At the inauguration, Mr Remi Oladoye was appointed as the Chairman of the ad-hoc committee to handle the affairs of the Oyo State chapter of the association for the next 12-months.
Other OPMAN ad hoc Committee members are Wole Adejumo, Vice Chairman, Musliudeen Adebayo Secretary, . Patrick Akpu Assistant Secretary, Dare Adeniran, Public Relations Officer, Tolu Iyiade, Treasurer and Ayodele Ìdòwú, Welfare Secretary.
Chairman of the ad hoc Committee, Mr Remi Oladoye lauded the Association, for believing in him to lead the Oyo State chapter, saying, .
“We are in for a new thing. OMPAN will move beyond our imagination. We won’t only publish, we will also educate ourselves and organise programmes to emphasise what online journalism is all about. I promise not to disappoint you, with the confidence reposed in me”, he said