Two Nigerians, Dr Osmund Agbo and Dr. Chido Onumah have floated an online newspaper, Ikengaonline, to focus on accountability good governance in the South-East.
The online newspaper, which is the media arm of the African Centre for Transparency (ACT), will debut on Thursday, 31 March 2022. ACT is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of accountability and good governance.
In a statement issued on Monday and made available to Sundiata Post Agbo and Onumah said “Ikengaonline will focus on the five South-East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. The aim is to draw attention to the challenges facing the South-East, give voice to the citizens of the zone and highlight many issues that are underreported and misreported in the media.
“The South-East has been punching way below its weight since Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999 and it is not hard to notice the correlation between lack of accountability and poor governance and the deteriorating security situation in the zone.
“Ikengaonline will maintain a healthy distance from the state in a way that will foster media independence and focus sufficient searchlight on the activities of political office holders in the region to promote accountability and good governance.
“As part of the official unveiling of Ikengaonline, there will be a virtual launch on Thursday, 31 March 31.”
The statement further said renowned author and scholar, Professor Okey Ndibe, would present a keynote address during the launch while Dr Kole Shettima, Africa Director of MacArthur Foundation, and Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, would deliver goodwill messages.
Also expected at the virtual launch, according to the statement, are Senator Adolphous Wabara, a former Senate President; Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN; Dr Joe Abah, Nigeria Country Director, DAI; Prof Joy Ezeilo, a former United Nations Special Rapporteur, and Prof Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, communication for development specialist.
Ikengaonline will be edited by Uche Ugboajah, an experienced development journalist and political scientist.
Ikengaonline is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.