Sunday, March 20, 2016

Guild of Editors want FG to protect girl-child, condemns rising abuse of minors

Concluding its first quarterly Standing Committee meeting at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja at the weekend, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has urged the Federal Government to introduce strong policies to protect rights of children, especially the girl-child, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as NGE also condemned unequivocally the increasing case of abductions and abuse of minors across the country.

In a communique made available to ITRealms at the end of meeting and endorsed by the outing President Garba Deen Mohammad and assistant general secretary, Mary Atolagbe, the Guild in a five-point statement, noted that the current economic challenges facing the country has made the need to diversify the Nigerian economy more compelling and urges government to quickly evolve 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 agricultural sector.

ITRealms also reports that the Guild expressed disappointment over the poor conduct of the last JAMB computer-based examinations, describing it as a national embarrassment capable of truncating the destinies of future leaders.

“The Guild, therefore, implores government to immediately halt the approval of centres that lack the capacity to ensure seamless conduct of such examinations,” part of the communique read.

NGE further notes that with concern that the media industry, like most other sectors, is suffocating under the prevailing economic challenges, which 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 Guild also acknowledged the recent changes in the status of its leadership and unanimously agrees on a handover plan that will culminate in a change of baton at its next Standing Committee Meeting.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 
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