The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, the umbrella body for all Editors in Nigeria met in the ancient city of Kano between Sunday and Tuesday for its Biennial convention which produced new set of officers to pilot the affairs of the Guild for the next two years.
The NGE convention is the first to be hosted in Kano
Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, International Press Institute Executive (IPI) Board member, Oloriewe Raheem Adedoyin, Presidential Media Aide, Mallam Garba Shehu and Acting Provost, Nigerian Institute of Journalism( NIJ), Mr. Gbenga Adefaye were among the 250 delegates that attended the Kano event.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in his address at Convention tasked journalists on the need to demonstrate professionalism in their reportage as they serve as a link between the government and the people.
Mr Mustapha Isah was re-elected President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) during the convention. He won the election with 176 votes to defeat Ms Victoria Ibanga who polled 54 votes
Two Vice Presidents for the West and East were elected in the election, respectively. They are Mr Sam Egbala (132 votes) and Mr Bolaji Adebiyi (132) , while Mr Ali M. Ali was returned unopposed as Deputy President.
Others returned unopposed are Malam Habibu Kila as Vice President (North) and Mr Iyobosa Uwugiaren as the General Secretary.
Similarly, Mr Ngwoke Ngwoke and Mrs Boma Nwuke emerged as Standing Committee members (East) while Mr Umoru Ibrahim and Gbenga Adeshina emerged for the North).
Mr Steve Nwosu clinched the position of Treasurer with 150 votes after defeating Catherine Agbo (51 votes) and Juliet Njiowohor (26).
Mr Eze Anaba with 164 votes defeated Chooks Oko (53) to emerge as the Social/Publicity Secretary, while Mr Austeen Elewodalu (126) defeated Rose Moses (82) to return as the Assistant General Secretary.
In the Standing Committee Member election for the West, Gabriel Akinadewo, Managing Director of Freedom Online, got 174 votes, Onuoha Ukeh (174) and Wole Sogunle (172) to emerge winners.
The convention with theme: “The Media in COVID-19 Era: Challenges and Opportunities,’’ was attended by editors representing various media organisations in the country.
The election committee was presided over by Mr Bonnie Iwuoha who supervised the hitch-free exercise and announced the result.