Akwa Ibom Gov, Corporate Groups Excited Over Editors Confab


Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State and many corporate organisations like the Nigeria Deposit insurance Corporation (NDIC), Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) and United Bank for Africa are rallying support for the annual conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors which gets underway in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in a few days.

Other organisations that have also indicated support for the conference, being organised by the professional body of editors in Nigeria, include Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Nigeria Port Authority and the Dangote Group.

A statement by the NGE President, Eze Anaba and the General Secretary, Dr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren on Wednesday said the support from Eno and other corporate organisations, was a strong endorsement on the capacity by the NGE to help mobilise all stakeholders in resolving the current economic challenges in the country.

“We are thrilled by the huge support we are receiving from the Governor of the host state, Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom and many corporate organisations.

“It is an endorsement of the conceived aim and objective of the conference: to rally all the stakeholders in starting a robust conversation – aimed at resolving the nation’s current economic challenges.

“It is also a testament to the fact that the media has the capacity to mobilise all stakeholders in voicing diverse opinions on good governance reform, helping to build public consensus to bring about change in the society. And facilitate trade, conveying ideas and innovation across boundaries,” the Guild added.

President Bola Tinubu

In the conference expected to be declared open by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the NGE said it has invited masters of economy and technocrats from global and local institutions to interrogate the state of Nigeria’s economy, amidst concern over monetary/ fiscal policy, missing gaps, and the role of the media executives/editors in resolving the challenges

According to the Guild, the annual conference slated for November 14 to 18, 2023, would also witness the launch of the NGE Media Trust Fund, and interrogate the state of nation’s economy and the missing gaps, with a theme “Stimulating Economic Growth, Technological Advancement: Role of the Media.”

“The conference will also examine the Nigerian media sustainability and the existential threat by the Big Tech, and what needs to be done to arrest it.

“The goal of the conference is to remind editors and media executives that economic actors need accurate, credible, and timely information to allocate resources judiciously.

The Guild further explained the conference would also focus on issues around the need for Nigeria to reduce the dependence on oil for exports and revenues, diversify its foreign exchange sources, close the infrastructure gap, build strong and effective institutions, as well as address governance issues and strengthen public financial management systems.

“Senior security experts and other stakeholders in the oil sector are also expected to examine the impact of illegal oil refinery, illegal bunkering and oil theft, which have continued to threaten the survival of the nation’s economy, and a major threat to Nigeria in meeting its revenue projections,” the editors added.

The statement said that the gathering would also afford the participants the huge opportunity to discuss issues affecting the journalism profession and proffer solutions that will enhance its robust practice in the country.


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