The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) is to commence its town hall meeting in the South-West geo-political zone tomorrow in Ikeja, Lagos with a theme, ‘’Agenda Setting For Sustainable Democratic Culture.’’
The main objective of the meeting, which is supported by the US Embassy in Nigeria, is to assess the media performance in consolidating Nigeria’s democracy – citizens’ verdict and outlining media agenda for the future.
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In a statement by its president, Mustapha Isah and the general secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, on Tuesday in Lagos, the professional body of all the editors in Nigeria said the meeting would also provide a platform for the media’s stakeholders to remind editors and other media managers of their sacred duties under the constitution.
Drawing copious examples from democracies around the world, the statement added that the meeting, which will be taken across the six geo-political zones of the country, was expected to instill in the editors the need to perform their duties with the highest form of standard and sense of responsibility.
Those invited for the meeting, which will be followed by a two-day capacity building for editors, are leading pro-democracy/human rights activists in the zone, renowned scholars from the academic community, pro-media rights groups, students from different higher institutions, faith groups, members of the international community and the media.
‘’The NGE is hopeful that at the end of the project, a pool of editors will be mobilised to constantly project issue-based governance for the benefit of the Nigerian people – in line with Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement added