Monday, 16 April 2018

Press Release: OMPAN anchors in Cross River, holds first meeting with new Excos appointed

| 16 April 2018 |

Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, OMPAN, has formerly launched a chapter in Cross River state as it held her first meeting last Friday, 13 April, 2018 in the state where the Cross River State chapter Excos were appointed to foresee the growth and development of the association in the State which will contribute a quota to the national level. 

In the meeting, 5 positions were being occupied out of the 13 agreed at the National conference, Owerri 2018. The Positions are, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer (PRO)/Editor and Welfare/Organising Secretary. Some of the offices have to be merged for a time being. 

Nyok, who presided over the meeting informed members that, "our meeting was necessitated because as Online Journalists, operating in Cross River State, we all need a broader platform that will give us a national and international coverage". 

He went on to intimate the house that about 7 Publishers/Bloggers from Cross River State attended the OMPAN National Convention in Owerri (where he emerged as the National PRO 3) and were mandated as a State to set up a structure or chapter of OMPAN with specific guidelines. 

After much deliberation, it was agreed that for the interim, a 5-man Executive Committee be set up to pilot the affairs of the state. On that note the following persons emerged as the State officers:

1. Chairman - Efio-Ita Nyok  of
2. Secretary - Ukorebi Esien  of
3. Treasurer -  Richard Odu of
4. Editor/PRO - Frankie Ifop of
5. Welfare/Organising Secretary - Trinity Jesam of

It was agreed at the end of the meeting that as a new body, frequent meetings will help strengthen and unite the association as well as make it formidable. Members were advised to eschew actions and attitudes that will bring failure and disunity amongst them. In the same vein, members were all charged to revive their platforms and make it active and visible with current and trending stories that will differentiate the association from others. 

Below are the participating platforms:

1. NegroidHaven (
3. Calabar Reporters (
4. Calabar24 (
5. New Nigerian 
6. MyCrossRiver (
7. Daily News (
8. DetailingCrossRiver
9. VopLink (
10. Nigeria Sparrow (
11. ThePost-Ng (
12. Fearless Reports (