President Buhari praises International Press Institute for establishing the Nigerian Institute of Journalism Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021


Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, praised the International Press Institute (IPI) for establishing the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in Lagos in 1963, only three years after Africa’s most populous nation became independent.

“It is the first time in the 68 years history of the media’s premier platform for press freedom that editors, media executives and leading journalists would gather in this country for its World Congress and General Assembly. Nigeria is most honoured to host you,” President Buhari said at the 67th IPI World Congress in Abuja.

“Our country has a rich history of robust relationship with the IPI; prominent Nigerian journalists and media operators were and continue to be in the leadership of the international body.

“But perhaps the most significant symbol of this special relationship is the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos established by IPI in 1963. It is our pride that your vision of a professional journalism training institution in Nigeria has taken firm root,” the president added.

R to l: President Muhammadu Buhari, Chair International Press Institute, Mr John Yearwood, Executive Director, International Press Institute, Ms Barbara Trionfi and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) in a handshake with Chair International Press Institutte, Mr John Yearwood, LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena, Chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari, Chairman Vanguard Newspaper, Uncle Sam Amuka, FCT Minister Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello and IPI Fellow IPI World Congress Host Committee, Nigeria, Alhaji Isa Funtua and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the participants at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

Cross Section of Participants at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institue (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Cenference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari, Chairman of Channel TV Mr John Momoh, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Rtd)at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R;President Muhammadu Buhari, LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena, Chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari, Chairman Vanguard Newspaper, Uncle Sam Amuka and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari (M) Flanked by Chair International Press Inititute, Mr John Yearwood, LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) in a handshake with Chair International Press Institutte, Mr John Yearwood, LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari receives a book from the Acting Director General ALJAZEERA Media Network, Dr Mostefa Souag. With them is IPI Fellow, IPI World Congress Host Committee, Nigeria, Alhaji Isa Ismaila Funtua at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja nigeria PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake withManaging Editor Norwegian News Agency Osla, Norway, Mr Ole Bjellaanes and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja nigeria PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari receives a book from the Acting Director General ALJAZEERA Media Network, Dr Mostefa Souag. With them is IPI Fellow, IPI World Congress Host Committee, Nigeria, Alhaji Isa Ismaila Funtua at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja nigeria PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Executive Director, International Press Institute, Ms Barbara Trionfi, Vice Chair International Press, Institute, Ms Dawn Thomas, Chairman IP Nigeria and Daily Trust Newspaper, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf and Acting Director General ALJAZEERA Media Network, Dr Mostefa Souag at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja nigeria PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the participants at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the participants at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with Managing Director Vanguard Newspaper, at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with Director of Communications, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Brian Steffens and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with Director of Aljazeera Center Public Liberaty and Human Right, Sami Elhag and others at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

L-R-; President Muhammadu Buhari chats with Chairman of Vanguard Newspaper, Uncle Sam Amuka. OTHERS ARE LOC Chairman and President, Newspaper Proprietors Association and Chairman Thisday Group, Mr Nduka Obaigbena and Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari at the opening ceremony of the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2018 held at the State House Conference Center Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 21 2018.

 

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“It gives me great pleasure to welcome members of the International Press Institute (IPI) to Nigeria.

“It is the first time in the 68 years history of the media’s premier platform for press freedom that editors, media executives and leading journalists would gather in this country for its World Congress and General Assembly. Nigeria is most honoured to host you.

“Our country has a rich history of robust relationship with the IPI; prominent Nigerian journalists and media operators were and continue to be in the leadership of the international body. But perhaps the most significant symbol of this special relationship is the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos established by IPI in 1963. It is our pride that your vision of a professional journalism training institution in Nigeria has taken firm root.

“Your annual congress is holding in Nigeria during a period of global terrorism. Nigeria experiences that scourge through Boko Haram, which has been technically degraded and has no territorial hold anywhere, anymore, in its northeast operational base. The Internally Displaced Persons are gradually returning to their communities in reasonable safety and security.

“It is a reflection of your assessment of Nigeria as a safe country that you gave the country the hosting right for this conference. As you have seen since your arrival, you made a wise and right choice.

“The changing media landscape, the explosion of the social media and the rapidly evolving new technology have had a profound impact on media business and media practice. It is satisfying, therefore, that you have chosen an appropriate theme for your conference: Why Good Journalism Matters: Quality Media for Strong Societies.

“In a world where the borderline between hate speech and free speech has become blurred, good journalism matters. In an environment where fake news dwarfs investigative reporting, Good Journalism Matters. For survival in an increasingly competitive field, Good Journalism Matters. Good journalism promotes Good Governance. I, therefore, urge participants to give depth to the topic in your discussions and conclusions.

“One of the reform initiatives of this administration is the introduction of visa on arrival policy. The policy is designed to aid ease of doing business in Nigeria. I am glad that international delegates to this conference are beneficiaries of this policy.

“The Nigerian government has provided necessary support for a successful hosting right from the time our delegation presented its hosting bid in Qatar to the granting of that right in Germany last year.

“I commend the efforts of the Nigeria Hosting Committee for organizing this conference. It is one more evidence of Nigeria’s capacity for doing great things.

“Welcome to Nigeria; and enjoy our famous hospitality”.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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