The Nigeria Guild of Editors, NGE, has commissioned its first ever secretariat, 55 years after the Guild was founded.
The Editors’ House, a two-wing duplex in Lagos, will serve as the permanent office of the NGE. The building comes with a conference room, library and offices, among other facilities.
At the inauguration ceremony, the President of the NGE, Mrs. Funke Egbemode paid tribute to the founding fathers and past presidents of the Guild who contributed in making the project a reality.
“As the President under whose watch history is being made, I must confess that all I have to do is buy the ribbons and scissors. My predecessors did all the heavy lifting. Late Oluremi Oyo, Baba Halilu Dantiye, Gbenga Adefaye who started the plan, Femi Adesina who took the plan from the drawing board and planted firmly on the ground to Garba Deen Muhammad who put finishing touches to the plan,” Mrs Egbemode said.
The Guild had been operating from rented quarters, including the premises of the News Agency of Nigeria where it used as secretariat for the last 15 years.
On April 10, 2014, the Femi Adesina-led EXCO held a fund-raising dinner to pool resources to build a befitting secretariat.
According to Mrs Egbemode, “this Editors House was long in coming but our patience has been rewarded. This is a good place to be, but it is a starting point. Today we have a fenced 6,000 square metres of prime property just outside Asokoro in Abuja apart from this one we have commissioned.”
She thanked the Nigerian government, men and institutions who contributed in making the project a reality.
Dignitaries present at the event on Thursday include, former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, Deputy Governor of Adamawa, Mr. Martins Babale, Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Bayo Onanuga who represented the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors serves as a non-partisan organisation for the highest strata of working journalists who have attained the exalted position of editors in the print, electronic and online media.