Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has urged Nigeria Guild of Editors to curb the excesses of new media in Nigeria. Mr Mohammed who spoke at the commissioning of the Nigerian Guild of Editors House in Lagos said the media space had been taken over by all kinds of new media.
“The Nigeria Guild of Editors must find a way of embracing them, even though they did not meet the criteria to be members.
‘But in as much as they push out content for general public to consume, the Guild of Editors should find a way of making them embrace the rules of fairness and objectivity in whatever they are doing so that we can have a better society.”
The Minister, who was represented by the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, tasked the Guild of Editors on media award censorship. He said: “The Guild should take control of all series of awards being given to journalists in the country.
In other societies, it is the media people who grade themselves, not external people and the Guild should be in a position to do so.” On her part, President of Nigeria Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode, who recounted how the association had been coping in the last 55 years before the actualisation of the newly commissioned house in Lagos, said her predecessors remained the secret behind the actualisation of the project.
“My predecessors did all the heavy lifting. Late Oluremi Oyo; Baba Halilu Dantiye, Gbenga Adefaye of Vanguard Newspaper, who started the plan, Femi Adesina, who took the plan from the drawing board and planted it firmly on the ground to Garba Deen Muhammed, who put finishing touches to the plan, you have all written your names in gold.
“Aside the newly commissioned building here in Lagos, we have a fenced 6,000 square metres of prime property just outside Asokoro in Abuja. Our deepest gratitude goes to the federal government, state governments, men and institutions that helped us to realize this dream and made this day possible.