Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, alongside ‘400’ editors are expected to converge on Owerri, Imo state, on Thursday for the annual Guild of Editors’ conference.
The conference organizers said that Osinbajo would open the two days event. Other invited guests are the Gen. Babagana Monguno(rtd), the National Security Adviser (NSA); Chief Nnia John Nwodo, former Minister of Information and Culture; and Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Reuben Abati, a former special adviser on media and publicity to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan would keynote the event, themed “2023: Political Landscape, Credible Elections and the Role of Editors’. ’ Imo Governor Hope Uzodima is the guest of honour, while Professor Stella Chinyere Okunna – the first woman professor of Mass Communication in Africa and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Paul University, Awka – is the chairman of the event
‘The conference would have three others; the second session for the Day 1 of the conference has a paper titled, Mobilizing Citizens for Sustainable Democracy In Nigeria, to be presented by by Former Minister of Information & Culture, Chief Nwodo.
“The morning session of the Day 2, Friday, November 11, would have the National Security Adviser, Gen Monguno presenting a paper, 2023 General Election And Security: What Editors Need To Know’’, the statement added.
“The afternoon second session with the theme, ‘’Preparation For 2023 General Election: How Far, How Well’’, will be delivered by the INEC Chairman, Prof Yakubu. While the third session (Executive Session) will feature invited state governors, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kolo Kyari and other chief executive officers from both private and public sectors.
“The conference will be rounded off on Saturday evening with a gala night evening where new Fellows and members of the Guild, will be inducted” the statement said.
‘’Over 400 editors and media owners – from print, broadcast stations and online newspapers have registered for this year conference.’’
“The conference, is being supported by the Imo State government and some corporate organisations, including Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), United Bank for Africa (UBA), Glo, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Air Peace and Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC); Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) among others.