Jonathan donates N50m for NGE Secretariat
Published On 5 Aug, 2011 At 07:18 PM | With 0 Comments
President Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday, donated N50 million to support the ‎building of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) secretariat.
The donation was announced at the N850 million fund raising dinner by Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who represented the President at the event, held at the Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja.
Maku, who cautioned the media against inciting reports, said “We should celebrate Nigeria Nigeria when we need to, not everything happening here is bad. People read what we write and they think the country is very bad.
“If we continue to run down our country when we go out we suffer it because people look at us with the impression they get from what they read.”
The minister, who took a swipe at politicians who go abroad to discus Nigeria’s problems, said “have you ever seen politicians from UK or US come here to discuss the problems in their country, or don’t they have problems over there.”
He reiterated that Jonathan administration had given more support to the media than any other administration since Shehu Shagari.
Among dignitaries present at the occasion were the governors of Edo State, Adams Oshomohle and his Delta‎ State counterpart, Emmanuel Uduaghan, who made what they described as “very handsome and beautiful donations” but refused to mention the amounts.
‎Chairman of the occasion, elder statesman, Senator Jubril Aminu, in his remarks said that the media has a huge role to play in ensuring the continued unity of the country.‎‎
Calling on journalists to avoid partisan or inciting reports, the former minister of Education said, such articles are detrimental to the country’s unity.
“I appeal to the media to this time play a positive role of keeping this country one and proud. Avoid doing anything which will worsen the atmosphere, partisan and inciting articles will not help this country,” he said.
In his key note address, Aremu Segun Osoba, disclosed that 75 per cent of delegates at the ongoing confab are in support of devolution of power.
“There is a reasonable consensus on that issue that we cannot continue to have a federating system of government. The so called federating states are too small to engage the federal government which collects 52 per cent revenue.” he said‎.
Osoba who was twice governor of Ogun State lamented that all the federal highways which falls under the purview of the federal government are still being constructed for more than 10‎ years now despite its huge take of the federation revenue.
Earlier in his remarks, the NGE president, while thanking successive leaders of the Guild for setting the foundation which the current leadership is building on,  informed that part of th‎e secretariat will be put into commercial use to generate revenue for the guild.
He said the building of the NGE secretariat which would be known as “the editors plaza” is a dream being realised 52 years after the Guild was formed.

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