The practice of digital journalism in Delta is set to experience a paradigm shift following the entrance of Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN), an umbrella body of online media practitioners in Nigeria, into the media industry in the state.
The National body of the association was formally inaugurated in Owerri, the capital of Imo State in March 2018, when online media practitioners from across the country gathered for a two day convention under the leadership of James Emeh as National president.
More than 180 digital media experts were at the convention where the association was born, given way to its growth in the states across the country. The convention at Owerri gave birth to zonal and state levels cutting across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria with vice presidents in each of the six zones and chairmen at the state levels.
In the south south zone, the association has Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli, publisher of Ndokwa Reporters as vice president. The Delta State chapter was formally born on Sunday 3 June 2018, with the election of an 11-member executive that would champion the affairs of the association in the state.
The elected members include Mr. Peter Legacy, publisher of Nigeriaonline24, as chairman, Andy Adaigbe, publisher of Flagnews as Vice chairman, Kparobo Ewhubare, publisher of Sun Reporters as secretary, Kenneth Orusi of Nigerian Voice as Treasurer, Austin Oyibode, publisher of Emeraldng.com as Public Relations Officer.
Others are Oghenefejiro Emado of Trackup as organising secretary, Otiti Treasure as financial secretary, Success Okuchemiya welfare secretary, Celestine Ukah, assistant secretary, Abel Johngold Orheruata , provost and Israel Nwachukwu of Bigpen online as assistant financial secretary.
Mr. legacy, who emerged as chairman, in his speech, outlined great vision for the association which is believed will lead to robust online journalism in Delta State.
He told the members that his administration will make OMPAN a household name in Delta state.
Among the programs he rolled out is engaging stakeholders either in the politics or economy of the state to account for their stewardship and contribution to the growth of the state.
He said aspirants to the various political positions in the state will be invited to political debates which will be fully organized and supervised by OMPAN.
He assured of programs that will make OMPAN members fully engaged so as to carry out their duties as watchdogs, opinion moulders and agenda setters in Delta state.
Legacy, who spoke on behalf of the 11 member state executives assured of an all inclusive policy thrust that would benefit all members, stake holders and residents of the state.
He noted that there are tasks ahead for everyone, even as he enjoined all members to remain focused and committed to making OMPAN a household name in Delta state.