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NGE salutes Osoba, Obaigbena for giving media place of honour

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The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has saluted former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba and the Chairman/Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY Newspapers Group/Arise News, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, for giving journalism and the media sector a place of honour.

In a birthday message to the two eminent journalists, the Guild, in a statement signed by its President Mustapha Isah and General Secretary Iyobosa Uwugiaren, said that they have brought creative innovation to modern day journalism practice through their labours and accomplishments.

Describing Obaigbena, fondly called the Duke by his close associates, as possessing resilient character, tact, and a tenacious strength of mind to succeed, the Guild said the media entrepreneur has been able to navigate very rough pathway in the past four decades to arrive at where he is today: an unchangeable success.

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It said: “An influential member of the Guild and former President, Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Prince Obaigbena is, arguably, one of Nigeria’s most powerful newspaper publishers and brainy, who has successfully built an influential network of friends and associates that cuts across all segments of the society.”

“As he turns 62 years today, we congratulate the media mogul, skilful journalist and an innovator, whose assistance to the growth and development of the Nigerian media industry remain impossible to remove and worthy of emulation,” the NGE stated.

On Osoba, who will be 82 years tomorrow, the NGE commended him for remaining committed to the mission of the professional group, saying even though he is no longer in active journalism practice, the former president of NPAN has remained a dogged promoter of sound journalism profession and a staunch supporter of the Guild, whose activities he always finds time to participate in, including our recent national convention in Kano State.

“Chief Osoba’s strong obligation to journalism profession and the NGE’s mission is unwavering. The Guild witnessed this recently, when he chested out and called on journalists and other media stakeholders to resist the proposed Media Amendment Bills before the National Assembly – which many sound minds believed were created to criminalise journalism practice.”

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