NGE Convention: Egbemode, Ibanga Return As President, Secretary

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Funke Egbemode and Ms Victoria Ibanga, have returned as the President and General Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), respectively.

At the Biennial Convention of the Guild held on Thursday at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, both officers returned unopposed.

Mrs. Egbemode is the Managing Director of New Telegraph, while Ms Ibanga, an ex-Managing Editor of Champion Newspapers, is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEXT EDITION.

Mr. Suleiman Uba was elected deputy president, scoring 97 votes to beat his closest rival, Ali Ali, who polled 96 votes.

Mustapha Isah got 172 votes to emerge vice president (West), beating Bolaji Tunji of The Sun, who scored 78 votes.

A former Business Champion Editor, Ray Echebiri, was elected the treasurer, with 133 votes as against 127 votes scored by his opponent, Sabastine Abu.

Mary Atolagbe defeated Casmir Igbokwe to emerge assistant general secretary of the Guild.

Also returned unopposed were: the Vice President (North), Hajia Sani; Vice President (East), Fred Fabor; Social/Publicity Secretary, Ken Ugbechie, a former Editorial Board member of Champion Newspapers Ltd, now the publisher of Political Economist.

Those elected to the Standing Committee of the Guild were Austeen Elewodalu of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Steve Osuji of The Nation; and Steve Nwosu of the Sun Newspapers, who scored 136; 135 and 127 votes, respectively.

The Oath of Office was administered on the new officers by veteran journalist, Modupe Ajayi-Gbadebo.

In her acceptance speech, the President, Mrs. Egbemode, thanked members for the successful election and promised that the 16-member executive would not let them down.

“I am moved by your support. I thank every member for urging me on. I still wonder how I became your choice. I will guard the honour bestowed on me seriously and I won’t take it for granted. I will leave the Guild better than I met it,” Mrs. Egbemode said.

“You have chosen a great team; we must come together and protect the Nigerian Guild of Editors; we must work together to build new structures.

“We will engage in training and retraining; we must do more for ourselves and the nation; we are the fountain the nation drinks from and we must keep the fountain clean and fresh.

“We must continue to support this executive. We will need your wisdom and treat your wise counsel with respect. We must make this Guild a formidable body.”

The occasion also featured the induction of 59 new members of the Guild, who were advised to abide by the provisions of the constitution of the Guild and the tenets of journalism, in the discharge of their duties.

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