Ugonma Cokey, Lagos
Few weeks to the 17th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference, many corporate organisations and security agencies, including, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Globacom, Air Peace, Zenith Bank Plc, Access Bank Plc, Department of State Security (DSS) and others, have backed the conference.
The editors conference, which is the largest gathering of Nigerian editors and owners of mass media: newspapers, magazines, radio/television stations and online newspapers in Nigeria, is scheduled to hold between October 21 and 22 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.
This year’s conference, which will focus on the current security challenges in Nigeria, with a theme “Media In Times Of Crisis: Resolving Conflict, Achieving Consensus,” is aimed at achieving consensus among media owners, managers and senior editors on what role the media can play in helping to resolve the seemingly intractable conflict enveloping the nation today.
The annual conference also attracts foreign partners; including the World Editors Forum (WEF), West African Editors Forum (WAEF), African Editors Forum (AEF), International Press Institute (IPI) and World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
Speaking ahead of the conference, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mustapha Isah says the meeting will attract top security officers, governors, lawmakers, academics, chief executive officers in private sector, members of the international community and leading non-governmental organisations.
General Secretary of the Guild, Iyobosa Uwugiaren also noted that the get-together would provide a platform for robust ’intellectual engagement, with several experienced resources persons featuring in an executive session with state governors and security chiefs.
Over 500 editors and media owners – both within and outside the country, are expected at this year’s conference.
Edited by Eniola Ajayi
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