Published On 8 Sep, 2014 At 07:46 AM | With 0 Comments
Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, Mr Femi Adesina, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, and Alhaji Mukhtar Ibrahim Katsina, Secretary to  Government, Katsina State

Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, Mr Femi Adesina, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, and Alhaji Mukhtar Ibrahim Katsina, Secretary to Government, Katsina State


The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), held its 10th All Nigerian Editors Conference (ANEC) in Katsina between Wednesday, 27th and Saturday, 30th August 2014. Over 250 Editors from both print and electronic media attended the conference.
Also in attendance were the Katsina state Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema, former Governor of Kano State and Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, Chairman of Jaiz Bank, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab who delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony and the National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Malam Muhammed Garba.
President of Senate, Mr. David Mark sent a representative, while goodwill messages were received from various organizations.
The conference with the theme, Credible Elections and Good Governance: Role of the Editor, X-rayed several critical issues highlighted in various papers presented by eminent personalities.
After exhaustive deliberations on all the papers and other issues affecting the profession, the media and the nation, the Guild noted as follows.
1.    That the Editors have a great role to play in promoting national discourse towards strengthening national unity, peace, harmony as well as political, social, economic growth and prosperity.
2.    That the Nigerian Editor should continue to promote the nation’s fledgling democracy and help in enthroning good governance in our country.
3.    That the Editor should continue to promote free and fair elections, which are key to the promotion and sustenance of democratic culture in the society through vigorous dissemination of information to the
4.    That the high level of insecurity, insurgency and kidnappings across the country which create atmosphere of fear and apprehension, cannot guarantee free, fair and credible elections in 2015.
5.    That to strengthen the nation’s democracy and instill good governance, the current state of insecurity must be addressed with a view to creating conducive environment for development.
6.    That the Independent National Electoral Commission should be adequately funded, to enable the commission conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2015 and beyond.
7.    That to ensure sustenance of good governance, the media must set a generally acceptable performance index to gauge the performance of governments at all levels, in the provision of basic amenities and infrastructure to the citizens.
8.    The Guild urged members of the profession to adhere to the code of journalism ethics in the discharge of their responsibilities, while advocating for a code of conduct for the media in covering the 2015 general elections.
9.    The NGE calls on politicians to shun hate speech, unguarded utterances, name calling, and other anti-social behaviors while using the media to canvass for public support.
10.    The Guild commends the government and people of Katsina State for their warmth and hospitality, and for their contributions to the overall successful hosting of the conference.
Femi Adesina                                                Isaac Ighure
President                                                General Secretary

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