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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Nigerian Editors end confab in Bayelsa, echoes objective reportage

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) rose from its 2015 annual conference in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State to echo its determination for steadfast and objective in media reportage of the country by being the change agents Nigerians desire, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

A communique signed by the NGE President, Malam Garba Deen Mohammad and General Secretary,   Mrs. Victoria Ibanga, and made available to DigitalSENSE Business News at the end of the four-day conference said that Nigerians must unite to build a nation that is prosperous and secure, irrespective of political, ethnic and religious differences.

The Guild in the 16-point resolution also noted that the 11th Annual All Nigerian Editors Conference which held between August 26 and 30, 2015, called on the government at all levels to carry the mass media along in planning and execution of critical developmental policies and programmes.

Pointing out that the steps taken so far by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to tackle terrorism are commendable and urges Nigerians not to politicize or ethnicise the war against the scourge, stressing that much more must be done by all stakeholders to ensure that every part of country is secure.

“That the present administration’s war against corruption is commendable but that every effort must be made to ensure that it is not selective. Every Nigerian must support the battle to eradicate the monster which has adversely affected the country,” NGE stated.

They also called on media owners to ensure regular payment of salaries as well as provide improved working conditions commensurate with the efforts of media practitioners. While on the other hand, asked media practitioners to play their agenda setting role and make conscious effort to raise the level and quality of public debate by bringing issues of national interest to the fore.

“Nigerians must unite and support efforts of the government of President Buhari to revive the nation’s economy,” the guild insisted, emphasizing that there must be a conscious effort to re-orient Nigerians to embrace values that would bring about the desired change.

Editors, the Guild said, must strive continually to improve their skills and acquire new skills that would prepare them for life outside the Editorial chair as well as endearing Nigerians to the desired change and remain alive to the watchdog role assigned them by Section 22 of the Nigerian Constitution.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)  

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