Communique of 2017 Biennial Convention of The Nigerian Guild of Editors
Ayinde Soaga, Abuja: Editors from across Nigeria converged on Lagos for the Convention with the theme “A Nation in Recession: Whither the Nigerian Media.” There, over 350 editors resolved as follows:
The Guild commends the government and people of Lagos State for the hospitality.
The Guild also appreciates the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, for gracing the occasion to declare the Convention open.
The Guild observes that:
The country’s economic recession has impacted negatively on all sectors of the society and particularly the media industry.
In spite of the challenges, the media still plays a key role in educating the populace on how to revive the nation’s economy.
To play this role more effectively, there is a need for synergy among stakeholders in the media industry in an effort to collectively tackle the challenges.
The media should, consequently intensify efforts in promoting government’s policies on economic diversification.
Government’s efforts towards diversification of the economy are well commended, with the Central Bank of Nigeria for moderating the exchange rate, therefore Nigerians should support the Made in Nigeria posture of the apex bank in diversifying the economy.
Media organisations are to focus more on training and retraining of media professionals for better service delivery while urging the leadership of the Guild to concretise ongoing discussions with the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on training opportunities for members.
Members are commended for a transparent and peaceful election process of a new executive.