Another variant of Nigerian Web -based publishers group, Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN), is scheduled for launch on November 26.
The event comes three weeks after the launch of a similar association, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, (GOCOP), that is largely made up of former editors of some of Nigeria’s leading newspapers.
In a statement, OPAN secretariat said the association was “founded in May 2010 and duly registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by a discerning group of online publishing professionals who had the foresight to realize the issues affecting users and practitioners; as well as felt that the time had come to define standards for the fastest growing engagement online platform in our generation.” It also said, “To this end, the formal launch of OPA Nigeria will take place on the 26th of November 2015, at Protea Hotel (Westwood); 22 Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos, at 10:00 am.” It added that “Membership in OPAN is opened to all online “publishers” and “corporate entities” who desire to make an impact on online publishing in Nigeria. “OPA Nigeria (OPAN), modeled after international standards and affiliates; with specific deliverables to meet the needs of the Nigerian market, desires to deliver, through credible research, best practice publishing and ongoing engagement with the public’s; an online based ‘regulatory’ service that is founded on ethical practices with global best practice compliance in an increasingly digital world. “OPAN is committed to helping its members fairly compete in the marketplace with high standards and will act as a voice so that online users clearly understand the benefits that quality publishers provide to the public discourse.”