President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, declared opened the 19th Annual National Editors Conference, ANEC, of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, with stakeholders tasking media heads to fight fake news and promote good governance against existential threats to the media
The conference, a gathering of over 300 editors, on the theme, “Stimulating Economic Growth, Technological Advancement: Role of the Media”, would in the next four days brainstorm and rub minds on important and topical issues, discuss them, and propose recommendations for way forward, while also taking stock on the dynamics of the media industry, current realities and way forward.
Declaring the event open, President Tinubu, who was represented by the Minister for Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagu, saluted founding fathers of the Nigerian press, showering encomiums on Alhaji Lateef Jakande for birthing the Guild in 1961.
L-R: Uncle Sam Amuka, Publisher/Founder, Vanguard newspapers and Chairman of Occasion; Alhaji Idris Malagi Minister of Information and National Orientation and Akwa Ibom state Governor, Umo Eno during 19th All Editors Conference in Uyo Akwa Ibom state Yesterday. Photo. Nwankpa Chijioke.
“I also commend the present standing committee of the Guild, led by Mr Eze Anaba, Editor of Vanguard Newspapers, for its strides since the beginning of its tenure months ago.
”Noteworthy is the initiative of the first Lateef Jakande Annual Lecture held in Lagos in honour of the late sage, whose footprints in the profession as well as the political terrain remain indelible.
“We look forward to more of such efforts to make the present generation to learn from the ideals of our past heroes, in the drive to achieve a better society.
”The choice of the theme of this year’s ANEC, ‘Stimulating Growth, Technological Advancement: Role of the Media,’ is an indication of the interest of the NGE in the search for a more enduring nation, as the economic situation is an issue that must be of concern to all.
“The strategic importance of inviting global and local institutions to partner the Federal Government towards the growth and development of Nigeria is commendable.