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Guild of editors tasks govt on mining, agro-based economy


Coal-miningThe Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has urged the Federal Government to give more attention to non-oil sectors of the economy as part of efforts to bail the country out of current challenges.

The editors, at their quarterly standing committee meeting held at the weekend, said that the current myriad of challenges have left Nigeria with none other option than a diversified economy, with mining and agriculture as its mainstay.

The group, in a communiqué signed by their president and secretary, Garba Deen Mohammad and Mary Atolagbe, urged the Federal Government to quickly evolve a very clear and productive policies on mining, as well as make agriculture more attractive through the provision of soft loans and other incentives that would facilitate the development of the agriculture sector.

The NGE also noted with concern that the media industry, like most other sectors, is “suffocating under the prevailing economic challenges and poses a threat to the survival of traditional media in particular and credible information dissemination.”

“It therefore asks the government to review policies that impede the operations of the media in order to sustain democracy and avoid job losses,” the communiqué read in part.

Besides the economy issues, the editors added that the government should adopt very strong policies that would protect the rights of children, and in particular under-age girls, in the light of the rising cases of abductions and abuse of minors across the country.

Further, the Guild expressed serious disappointment over the poor conduct of the last Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) computer-based examinations.

Describing it as “a national embarrassment” that is capable of truncating the destinies of future leaders, the Guild, implores government to immediately halt the approval of centres that lack the capacity to ensure seamless conduct of such examinations.

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