The Standing Committee of the Nigerian Guild of Editors rose at a weekend meeting in commendation of the Federal Government in its war against corruption while urging it to adhere strictly to the rule of law in its mission.
In a Communiqué issued at the meeting held on Thursday, August 6 and Saturday, August 8 , in Sokoto, members also highlighted others areas of the national economy which the Federal Government should pay urgent attention to include the rising wave of insecurity, galloping unemployment, high exchange rate beside the irregular and poor remuneration of journalists in the country.
The Communiqué, which was signed by Mallam GarbaDeen Mohammed and Victoria Ibanga, Acting President and General Secretary respectively, said: “The Guild commends the fight against corruption embarked upon by the Federal Government especially in its effort to recover the country’s stolen money that is mostly stashed abroad.
“ It advises that these efforts should be sustained, but insists that rule of law should be strictly adhered to,” adding that “ the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to formulate and implement policy measures geared towards stabilising the exchange rate in order to restore confidence in the local currency and in the economy as a whole.
On the rising wave of crime, it said: “The Guild deplores the rising wave of crime in the country, especially armed robbery, and urges relevant security agencies to rise to the occasion to safeguard lives and property.
The Guild, once again, draws the attention of the Federal Government to the rising unemployment in the country and urges it to make job creation a priority. For the journalism profession, it said: “The Guild also notes with concern the hardship being experienced by some journalists in the country due to irregular remuneration and poor condition of service and urges media owners to urgently address the issues.”
Rising from the meeting, the members “unanimously express confidence in the Ag. President, Mallam GarbaDeen Mohammad and pledges to ensure a seamless transition in line with the tradition of continuity which the Guild is known for.”