Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria

The Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria or NPAN is a professional body concerned with the regulation of journalism in Nigeria.[1] The President of the Association is Nduka Obaigbena, a Nigerian journalist, columnist and founder of Thisday, one of Nigeria's leading Newspaper.[2] The patron of the Association is Chief Sam Amuka-Pemu, a Nigerian journalist, columnist and founder of the Vanguard , Nigeria's leading newspaper, and co-founder of The Punch, most widely read newspaper in Nigeria.[3]


One of its major functions, is to investigate complaints against the press from the public and also to investigate complaints from the press about the conduct of people or organizations towards the press. NPAN acts as a buffer between the press and the public.


Attempts to establish this self regulatory body for the Nigerian Press started as far back as two decades ago[clarification needed] with the establishment of the Ekineh Commission. The Commission, which was set up by a distinguished Nigerian attorney and sponsored by the General Yakubu Gowon government, was intended to study the future of the Nigerian media.

However, this Commission never made its findings public, which defeated the purpose. Another attempt was made through the establishment of the Nigerian Media Council Decree No 59 of 1988. However, this attempt failed, largely because journalists were apprehensive concerning the seemingly undemocratic powers conferred upon the council.[4]


  1. ^ Psaro Yornamue (12 July 2002). "Nigeria: Newspapers Proprietors Association Descends Heavily on Shameful Journalism". All Africa News. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ Agbo-Paul Augustine, George Agba (13 June 2015). "PMB hails Amuka-Pemu on 80th birthday". Leadership News. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Buhari pays tribute to Amuka Pemu at 80". The Nation. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "About Us | The Nigerian Press Council". Retrieved 2020-04-29.