The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) held its 11th Annual All Nigerian Editors Conference, (ANEC)from August 26 -30, 2015 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The Conference, attended by about 300 editors drawn from the print, electronic and online media across the country, featured presentation of papers from scholars and giants in the media industry.
After exhaustive deliberations, the editors resolved as follows: that the media would remain steadfast in objective reportage of events in the country as well as be facilitators and agents of the positive change that Nigerians desire.
In a communiqué signed by its President Garba Deen Mohammad and secretary Victoria Ibanga , the editors also resolved that Nigerians must unite to build a nation that is prosperous and secure, irrespective of political, ethnic and religious differences and that government at all levels must carry the mass media along in planning and execution of critical developmental policies and programmes.
They agreed that the steps taken so far by the President Buhari-led government to tackle terrorism are commendable and urged 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.
The editors commended the present administration’s war against corruption but added 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 Media owners must ensure regular payment of salaries as well as provide improved working conditions commensurate with the efforts of media practitioners, while media practitioners must 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, while there must be a conscious effort to re-orient Nigerians to embrace values that would bring about the desired change.
“ Editors must strive continually to improve their skills and acquire new skills that would prepare them for life outside the editorial chair. “ Editors must do more to bring about the change Nigerians are yearning for by playing the watchdog role assigned them by Section 22 of the Nigerian Constitution.
That the Governors’ Forum make more efforts to build synergy among themselves and function as a Peer Review Mechanism, for sharing experiences and learning from each other policies and programmes that would make their states better.
The Editors commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing two past presidents of the Guild, Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu as Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, respectively.
The Guild also convened a Special Convention at which the recommendations of the Standing Committee that the vacancy created by the appointment of Mr. Adesina be filled. Accordingly, the erstwhile Deputy President of the Guild, Mallam Garba Deen Mohammad was elected substantive National President of the Guild.
Subsequently, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, formerly Vice President (West), was elected Deputy President while Mrs. Funke Egbemode was elected Vice President (West).
The Conference acknowledged the progress of work done by the Constitution Review Committee set up in April 25, 2015 at the Lagos Convention to review the Constitution of the Guild and resolved that deliberations on the Draft of the Reviewed document be deferred to the 2016 ANEC.”
“Members of the Guild are directed to study the Draft of the Reviewed Constitution and send suggestions where necessary to the Committee.
The Guild, after a tour of projects in the state acknowledged the restoration efforts of the Dickson government and commended the government and good people of Bayelsa State for their hospitality and efforts towards the successful hosting of the 11th ANEC.