The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) on Thursday inaugurated the Membership and Accreditation Committee of the Guild at the Editors’ House, Ikeja, Lagos.
The Vice President (West) Bolaji Adebiyi, who inaugurated the committee, on behalf of the President, Mustapha Isah, explained that the Standing Committee at its meeting in Dutse, Jigawa State in August, constituted the committee in line with Article 6 (e) of the NGE Constitution.
The members are Taiwo Obe, FNGE (Chairman), Tony Iyare, FNGE Designate, Dr. Sule Yau Sule, Mrs. Funke Atohegbe and Iyobosa Uwugiaren, NGE General Secretary.
Adebiyi told the committee members that their appointment was in strict compliance with Article 6 (E) (ii) of the constitution, which requires that members of the committee be men of unimpeachable integrity.
“We are, therefore, confident that you would deliver on your assignment without fail. Without a doubt, your assignment is a delicate one.
“In recent years, the guild has grown in statute with many editors seeking to join it. Our membership has grown to more than 600, including about 103 Fellows. The expansion in membership has come with some challenges bordering on the quality of membership,’’ he said.
According to him, many members are inactive as attendance at Annual Nigeria Editors’ Conference has for years been as low as less than 50%, with many members always in arrears of membership dues.
He added that it has become important to reform the admission criteria in line with Article 4 (2) (b) of the constitution, which requires the Guild to admit only those it is satisfied are fit and proper to be admitted.
In his response, the chairman of the committee assured that members of the committee will be guided by the provisions of the Guild Constitution in carrying out their assignment.
The committee’s report and recommendations are expected to be forwarded to the executive for implementation.