Editors' conference receives strong support from Governor Eno, corporate organizations

Governor Umo Eno

Ahead of the annual conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) scheduled to take place from November 14 to 18 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Governor Umo Eno, corporate organizations, and masters of the economy have expressed their support for the forum.

The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Nigeria Customs Service (NSC), and United Bank for Africa (UBA) are among the corporate organizations that have rallied support for the conference

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.

The support of the governor, corporate organizations, and masters of the economy, no doubt, is a positive indication of the importance of the conference and its potential impact on the media industry and the country's economy.

In a press statement by the NGE President, Eze Anaba, and the General Secretary, Dr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, on Wednesday, Nov 1, 2023, the editors described the huge support from Governor Eno and corporate organisations as a strong endorsement on the capacity of the NGE to help mobilise all stakeholders in resolving the current economic challenges in the country.

The statement reads: “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.”

The statement added: “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.”

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

According to the Guild, the annual conference slated for November 14 to 18, 2023, will 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.

“Masters of economy, tech experts and technocrats from both within and outside the country have been invited to examine the burning issues, including the role of the editors in shaping the narrative and stemming the challenges,” the editors stated.

The conference, according to the statement, 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.

The statement adds: “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.”

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