Lagos, Kwara, NLNG, Dangote, others drum support for GOCOP 7th annual conference in Abuja

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Lagos and Kwara state governments have expressed readiness to support the seventh annual conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), scheduled for Thursday, October 5 at the Abuja Continental Hotel (Old Sheraton) by 10am.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), among others, have also drummed support for the conference.

Chairman of the 2023 Conference Planning Committee Danlami Nmodu revealed this in a press statement by the publicity secretary of GOCOP Remmy Nweke, saying that a good number of bluechip companies and high net-worth companies as well as government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been on queue to support this year’s conference.

He also said the GOCOP annual conference has attracted support from the likes of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), SEPLAT, Nigerians Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Dangote Group, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Nmodu further revealed that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Sahara Energy, Sterling Bank, First City Merchant Bank (FCMB), Department State Security (DSS), Ecobank, First Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Emadeb, Kogi State, T-Pumpy Concepts and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are not left out.

Nmodu beckoned on corporate entities yet to leverage GOCOP for partnership to do so, pledging they would not regret such collaboration.

Meanwhile, he said that activities have been lined up for a successful hosting of this year’s GOCOP annual conference with the theme: “Nigeria: Roadmap for Socio-Economic Recovery and Sustainability.”


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He said prominent stakeholders in the polity, civil society organisations, security, judiciary, media, among others have confirmed participation.

He reiterated that the seventh annual conference, slated for October 5, is to be chaired by the registrar and chief executive officer (CEO) of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, while Prof. Uche Uwaleke is the keynote speaker for this year.

He affirmed that seasoned panelists for this year would include the secretary-general, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), Prof. Yakubu A. Ochefu; special adviser to the president (policy coordination) Hadiza Bala-Usman; and chief executive officer, Cowry Assets Management Ltd, Johnson Chukwu.

As said by him, a pre-conference day has been advanced to hold on October 4, comprising the GOCOP business session, the luncheon and interactive segment with nationwide media managers of corporate entities and advertisers.

In addition, he said, the pre-conference day activities include presentation of annual report and election of new national executive council (NEC) for another two years.

Past speakers at the conference include Rev. Matthew Kukah, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto who delivered the 2019 lecture on “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward”. In 2021, Boss Mustapha, the then secretary to the government of the federation keynoted the conference in his capacity as chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19. He spoke on: “Post Covid-19 Pandemic: Recovery and Reconstruction in Nigeria”. In 2022, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission delivered the address titled: “2023 Elections: Managing the Process for Credible Outcome.”