Ambode tasks media on good governance
• Egbemode Retains Office As NGE President
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has challenged media practitioners in the country to work towards promoting good governance, stressing that the media has a pivotal role to play in national development.
Ambode in his remarks, yesterday, at the 2017 Biennial Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) in Lagos, maintained that the media should focus its efforts to supporting good governance.
While describing good governance as the convergence of leadership and followership, he noted that the involvement of the media remains essential in nation building through positive reportage.
In his presentation, former managing director and Editor-in-Chief, Champion Newspaper Limited, Emma Agu, noted that the effectiveness of media as a tool of engineering is dependent on internal coordination of its operations.
Speaking on the theme of the convention, “A Nation In Recession: Whither The Nigerian Media?,” Agu explained that the media is the only group that watches over public office holders by making them accountable, adding that it “should give hope in times of despair, irrespective of the economic situation of the country.”
Chairman of the convention, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, said many media owners do not realise the power of editors, stressing that the power of a newspaper lies with the editor.
Yusuf, who doubles as the Chairman of Daily Trust Newspapers, noted the media is at the receiving end of recession, adding that reduction in pagination, as well as increase in cover price were all reflections of the economic downturn.
Yusuf made a case for aggressive marketing pointing out that media owners should be more aggressive in advert revenue, which he said is the financial bedrock of media operations.
Earlier in her address, NGE President, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, described Nigerian editors as precious metals, since according to her, they build men and nations.
Although election into different offices was in progress as at the time of filing this report, Egbemode was returned unopposed with a voice vote by delegates.Four other officers also retained their positions.