Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday, congratulated Mrs. Funke Egbemode, on her reelection as the President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), during the Guild’s Biennial Convention in Lagos.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, noted that the choice of Egbemode, who is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspapers, is a clear testimony that she has successfully justified the confidence reposed in her by her colleagues in the past year.
Saraki said: “I can only admonish her to work harder to extend the frontiers of her achievements as the President of the NGE. Her return unopposed is a fitting tribute to the fact that her contributions have been recognized. As they say: “the reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”
He also lauded the NGE for the peaceful and transparent elections while urging the body to collaborate with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other critical stakeholders to rid the journalism profession of quacks and impostors whose activities daily undermine the credibility of the true professionals.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, also congratulated Mrs Egbemode, on her re-election..
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja, Dogara urged her to continue from where she stopped in uniting the Guild to tackle the many challenges confronting journalism in the country.
The Speaker, who expressed confidence that Egbemode’s re-election will sustain the tempo of her first term and usher in a new era in the NGE stressed that she will no doubt bring her wealth of experience to continue to bear in the discharge of her responsibilities.”
“I congratulate Mrs. Egbemode and indeed, all members of the leadership of the NGE for the successful conduct of the election.
“I also use this opportunity to call on all members of the Guild to unite behind the new leadership to help it achieve success in its agenda to lift the Guild to greater heights.”
Also saluting Mrs Egbemode on her re-election, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike urged her and the new executives to work towards to promote media professionalism, objectivity and the development of the country.
The governor also congratulated a director at the Tide Newspapers , Juliet Njiowhor and others who emerged victorious during the 2017 edition of the NGE Biennial Convention.