Ambode, stakeholders task NGE on national development
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has commended the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) for its resilience and determination to uphold the vision of its founding fathers.
In a message delivered yesterday by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, during the commissioning of the guild’s secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos State, Ambode said the NGE had opened a chapter that would earn it respect and recognition in the comity of professional bodies.
The governor, who urged the editors to show patriotic spirit as they carry out their duty, said: “As gatekeepers and moulders of opinion in our nation, you owe it as a national duty to ensure fair and objective reportage of issues with eyes on the promotion of socio-economic development and national cohesion.
“It is time that more attention is devoted to issues that will assist the government to ease the current hardship being experienced by the people and protect lives and property.”
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, represented by Isah Gusau, commended the guild for its patience in having to wait for 55 years to put up a secretariat.
Also present at the event were former governors of Delta, Ogun and Anambra states, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Segun Osoba and Peter Obi; Special Adviser to the President on Media, Femi Adesina; Chief Onyema Ugochukwu; Commissioner for Information, Lagos State, Steve Ayorinde; and Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Bayo Onanuga, among others.
Uduaghan, who chaired the event, urged states to co-operate to move the country forward, adding that though some expenses were inevitable, “there has to be a cut in governance.”
Onanuga, representing the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, charged the NGE to get to serious work and take control of the variants of awards being given to journalists.
On his part, Adesina said the building was a result of daring to dream, as he had no idea how it would be realised.
The President of the NGE, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, gave credit to her predecessors, “the late Oluremi Oyo, Baba Haliu Dantiye, and Gbenga Adefaye who started the plan; Femi Adesina who took it from the drawing board and planted it firmly on the ground and to Garba Deen Muhammad who put finishing touches to the plan.”