The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has announced the appointment of Mr Olufemi Soneye as its Chief Corporate Communications Officer. Soneye is a member of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), the most reputable association of Nigerian online newspaper owners.
In the same vein, the founding president of GOCOP, Dr Malachy Agbo was sworn in by the Enugu State governor, Mr Peter Mbah as the state commissioner for Human Development and Poverty Eradication.
GOCOP President, Ms Maureen Chigbo has sent her congratulatory message to the duo on behalf of the esteemed association.
The NNPC Ltd management said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that Soneye would lead its Corporate Communications team and drive its brand penetration, strategic communications initiatives, and stakeholder management.
The company described Soneye as a seasoned journalist with full-time and freelance experiences at some of the world’s most respected publications in Nigeria, Australia, and the U.S. “He is a member of reputable bodies, including the Nigerian Union of Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Society of Professional and the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP).
“He is the former President of the Nigerian Media Practitioners, Washington, D.C. “We look forward to his valuable contributions to our Company,” it said.
Reacting to the developments, the president of GOCOP and publisher of RealNews online magazine, Maureen Chigbo, applauded the appointments and enjoined them to remain good ambassadors of GOCOP while counting on the Guild for maximum support.
A press statement by GOCOP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Remmy Nweke, quoted Chigbo as recalling that another high-ranking GOCOP member, Malam Rasheed Olawale of Sahel Standard, was recently appointed as the spokesperson to the Osun State Governor, while Mr. Ajagbe Adeyemi Teslim of August24news was also appointed Special Adviser on Digital Communications to the Lagos Island Council chairman.
The GOCOP President noted that Mr. Soneye, until his appointment, was of the Per Second News while Dr. Agbo was founding publisher of The Citizens.
She wished all the political appointees success in their new roles, reiterating that the Guild was ever ready to support and partner with them to ensure they delivered on their mandates.
GOCOP, a registered non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organization, comprises owners of online publications. It recently held its annual national conference in Abuja. The conference was chaired by Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), while the first Nigerian professor of Capital Market, Prof. Uche Joseph Uwaleke of Nasarawa State University Keffi, delivered the keynote.
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