Nigeria: Media Experts Launch Online Journal to Promote Accountability and Good Governance in South East Nigeria

0

Ikengaonline, which is the media arm of the African Center for Transparency, also seeks to foster independent media and draw sufficient attention to the activities of politicians in the South East region.

A new online newspaperIkengaonline, is set to be launched in South East Nigeria by two media experts to promote accountability and good governance in the region.

Ikengaonline, which is the media arm of the African Center for Transparency, also seeks to foster independent media and focus enough spotlight on the activities of politicians in the region.

A statement from the two renowned journalists, Osmund Agbo and Chido Onumah, said on Monday that the newspaper, which is scheduled to launch on March 31, will focus on the five southeastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.

“The aim is to draw attention to the challenges facing the Southeast, give voice to the citizens of the area and bring to light many issues that are underestimated and poorly reported in the media”, says the press release.

He lamented that a lack of accountability and good governance had led to a deterioration of the security situation in the region.

The statement revealed that renowned author and academic, Okey Ndibe, will deliver a keynote address at the launch while Kole Shettima, Africa Director of the MacArthur Foundation, and Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Center for Journalism at investigation, will deliver messages of goodwill.

Former Speaker of the Nigerian Senate, Adolphous Wabara, former United Nations Special Rapporteur, Joy Ezeilo, and development communication specialist, Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, are among those expected at the virtual launch of the information platform, according to the statement.

The paper, which will be edited by experienced development journalist and political scientist, Uche Ugboajah, is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism.

Read the full statement below:

Press release March 28, 2022

Ikengaonline debuts to promote accountability and good governance in the Southeast

A new online newspaper, Ikengaonline, will debut on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Ikengaonline is the media arm of the African Center for Transparency (ACT), an organization dedicated to promoting accountability and good governance.

Ikengaonline will focus on the five southeastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. The aim is to draw attention to the challenges facing the Southeast, give voice to the citizens of the area and bring to light many under-reported and poorly reported issues in the media.

The South East has been well under its weight since Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999 and it is not hard to notice the correlation between lack of accountability and poor governance and the deteriorating security situation in The area.

Ikengaonline will maintain a healthy distance from the state in a way that promotes independent media and focuses sufficient spotlight on the activities of political office holders in the Southeast to promote accountability and good governance.

As part of the official unveiling of Ikengaonline, there will be a virtual launch on Thursday March 31, 2022,

Renowned author and researcher Professor Okey Ndibe will deliver a keynote address at the launch while Dr Kole Shettima, Director for Africa of the MacArthur Foundation, and Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism, will convey messages of goodwill. Also expected at the virtual launch are Senator Adolphous Wabara, former President of the Senate, Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, Dr. Joe Abah, Nigeria Country Director, DAI, Professor Joy Ezeilo, former United Nations Special Rapporteur, and Professor Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, Communication for Development Specialist.

Ikengaonline will be edited by Uche Ugboajah, an experienced development journalist and political scientist.

Ikengaonline is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Journalism.

Dr. Osmond Agbo

Chido Onumah, PhD

For management

Share.

Comments are closed.