Nigerian Guild of Editors call on the Federal and state governments to focus on the economic and social well being of Citizens.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) rose from its 4th quarterly Standing Committee meeting held on Saturday, 12th December, 2015 in Abuja with a call on the Federal and state governments to focus on the economic and social well being of the people.
The Guild in a communiqué issued after the meeting made notes of some specific aspects of the economy in dire need of official attention.
In the communiqué signed by the president, Garba Deen Mohammed and General Secretary, Victoria Ibanga, the body commended “the Federal Government in its efforts to recover stolen public funds, while urging the government to respect the fundamental human rights of the suspects in the process.”
It also called on the Government to thoroughly investigate every corruption case to their logical conclusion.
Still, it advised, “Judges to be circumspect in granting injunctions and more painstaking in the adjudication of corruption cases.” It “warned state governments not to renege in the payment of the N18, 000 minimum wages but to look inwards with a view to generating internally generated revenue, reduce the cost of governance and ensure due process in the award of con”
It expressed “alarm at the downward slide of the Naira, which is impacting negatively on the purchasing power of Nigerians and wants the Federal Government to diversify the country’s revenue base to shore up the value of the national currency.”
On the perennial fuel scarcity in the country, it called on the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
It reiterated its warning against any attempt to gag the press or tamper with the freedom of expression of Nigerians. It therefore tasked the “Senate to retrace its steps with respect to the Frivolous Petitions Bill, which is against the freedom of the press and urged the National Assembly to expunge Section 24 of the Cyber Crime Act which is considered to be more obnoxious than the Frivolous Petitions Bill”.
Lastly, it called for “a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the involvement of some media executives in the payments from the office of the former National Security Adviser in the interest of fairness and justice.”