The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has expressed regrets over the death of the Chairman, Punch Newspapers, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin. NEITI says the death is a major setback in the promotion of corporate governance and professional ethics in the media profession in Nigeria.
In a condolence message to the Managing Director/Editor in Chief of Punch Newspapers Mr Ademola Osinubi on the death of the media executive, the NEITI Executive Secretary, Mr. Waziri Adio described Mr. Aboderin, as a reliable ally and champion on transparency, accountability and good governance issues.
Mr Adio noted that the principles of transparency and accountability which the former Chairman of Punch Newspapers were known were consistent with the principles of NEITI in natural resource governance.
He observed that Punch Newspapers under Mr. Aboderin as Chairman stand miles apart in the media industry on ethical conduct, professionalism and corporate governance.
The Executive Secretary added that an encounter with Punch Staff such as reporters, editorial team or support staff in the field of assignments attests that the virtues of ethical conduct permeated as a culture in the organization as a result of Mr. Aboderin’s leadership.
Mr. Adio identified as remarkable, the open invitation to the general public on ethical complaints always at the backpage of Punch Newspapers “We, Punch Nigeria Limited, do not demand or accept gifts or gratification to publish articles or photographs, neither do our journalists. Therefore, we implore you not to offer any to our journalists. In the event that a PUNCH journalist demands such, please send your complaints to ”.
This open invitation to the public to help uphold the moral uprightness of the organization not only serve as a deterrent but remains one of the enduring legacies in corporate governance which the late Chairman, Mr. Aboderin will ever be remembered.
The Executive Secretary, on behalf of the Board and Management of NEITI wishes to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Management and Staff of Punch Newspapers and the Mr Aboderin’s family.