Premium Times editor-in-chief Musikilu Mojeed emerges IPI president

Musikilu Mojeed Premium Times editor-in-chief

Editor-in-chief and chief operating officer of PREMIUM TIMES Musikilu Mojeed has emerged president of the Nigeria chapter of the International Press Institute.

Mr. Mojeed emerged as president unopposed during a session of the IPI general assembly held physically and virtually on Thursday.

Also at the meeting, general manager, business and strategy of Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust Ahmed Shekarau was elected secretary of IPI Nigeria.

Mr. Shekarau won the majority of the votes cast at the election, defeating his only contender, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, who is the deputy director, digital media at the Voice of Nigeria (VON).

A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by an executive board member of the global body of IPI Raheem Adedoyin also announced the emergence unopposed of Rafatu Salami, assistant director, digital media of VON as Treasurer.

The statement disclosed that the general assembly mandated the newly-constituted executive committee to work towards filling the vacant positions of deputy president, assistant general secretary, financial secretary and legal adviser, which were not filled on Thursday because there were no nominations into them.

A three-member electoral panel, which had chairman of Daily Trust Kabiru Yusuf, founder of Radio Now Kadaria Ahmed and Adedoyin as members conducted the election.

The oath of office for the newly-constituted executive committee members was administered immediately after the general assembly by a lawyer/notary public Zainab Musa.

In his acceptance speech after his emergence as president, Mojeed, who expressed the appreciation of his team to all members of IPI Nigeria for the confidence reposed in them, assured that the new executive committee would work harder towards deepening press freedom and accelerating free speech in Nigeria, and the world at large.