journalistThe International Press Institute (IPI) is a highly acknowledge international press organisation globally dedicated to the upliftment and protection of freedom of the press and the improvement of journalism practices across the world.  IPI was established sometimes in October 1950 with members spreading across more than 100 countries in the world.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu disclosed that Nigeria on Saturday won the bidding slot to host 2018 World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI).

That the bid for the hosting slot was bid contest was made by the Nigerian Chapter of the International Press Institute (IPI) by its Chairman, Kabiru Yusuf, the publisher of the Daily Trust newspapers and Malam Isma’ila Isa, a long standing member of the world Executive Committee of the International Press Institute (IPI) in Germany.

Mallam Garba Shehu further disclosed that Nigeria representatives in Germane showcased the rich cultural heritage and democratic advancement of country in a video presentation to win the conviction of the stakeholders.

“In making a strong case for Nigerian hosting of the world congress, the Nigerian team showed a six-minutes video showcasing the rich social and cultural heritage of the country and its outstanding values of media freedom, rich diversity and free flow of news.

“In a video message, a former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, himself a one-time Chairman of the global media body and Alhaji Lai Mohammed the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism both called for support for Nigeria’s bid and invited editors, journalists and media executives around the world to come to Nigeria to witness an African country’s dedication to quality and independent journalism and the change that is happening within through a democratic process.”