Galmudug Senator Abshir Axmad resigns as Goobjoog Media Group CEO

by mahad | Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 | 2156 views

Goobjoog Media Group CEO Abshir Axmad who is also the senator of Galmudug state has resigned his position as the media company chief noting he wanted to concentrate his efforts on the new legislative role.

For Immediate Release

First, I would like to thank the parliament of Galmudug State for electing me as the 1st Senator in the history of Somalia. I am deeply humbled and honoured to represent them in the Federal Parliament of Somalia. My election marks the beginning of a long journey of progress and prosperity for my country and its people

Four years ago, I founded one of Somalia’s most renowned independent news and current affairs media house, namely Goobjoog Media Group. From humble beginnings, we endeavored to make Goobjoog a formidable media house in the Horn of Africa, connecting

the citizens of this great nation with government, civil society and the international community. I therefore consider this media house, and the great work of all its employees in building a better country for Somalis locally and across the world very close to my heart.

Change is however inevitable and a time has come when transition has to happen. As stated earlier, my election as a Somali Senator for Galmudug State has bestowed immense responsibility on me in articulating and implementing the interests of my country and that of the people I serve.

Today therefore, I tender my resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Goobjoog Media Group to focus my attention on my role as the Senator of Galmudug state. It is not an easy decision for me to walk away from running the day-to-day affairs of this great media house considering the pivotal role it plays in highlighting pertinent issues in our country. I am however remaining as a board member to offer strategic direction and guidance as needed but will have no say in editorial policies.

As board member, my intention is to avoid the likelihood of conflicting interest with my political assignment and to ensure Goobjoog Media Group upholds the basic tenets of world-class journalism. I also commit myself to advocating for the growth of the media industry in Somalia and will use my new senatorial role to advance this agenda on a legislative level. Somalia is at the brink of economic success and lasting peace and media is central to this growth. It is therefore crucial that media continues to be nonpartisan in addressing the interest of the people.

I also carry with me, memories of my time at Goobjoog Media, and cherish the great friendships I cultivated; I will always value those I mentored and inspired, and the lessons I learnt from my critics. I thank those who have helped me through difficult times, and shared the good times as well. Together, let’s keep working hard to build a better Somalia.

Thank you.

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Office of Senator Abshir Axmad

PRESS RELEASE

December 31, 16

State of Galmudug

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