The Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has hailed the re-election of the President, Nigerian Guild of Editor, Mr. Femi Adesina.
The governor said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.
He said the re-election of Adesina was a clear testimony of his astute leadership trait, and prudent knowledge in human management.
Aregbesola, however, challenged journalists of their roles in building and sustaining a virile democratic culture in the country.
The governor noted that the guild should work hard in making sure that the media collaborate and cooperate with the government in building, sustaining and protecting the nation’s democracy.
The statement partly read, “Your re-election as the President of Nigerian Guild of Editors has come to us in Osun as another landmark achievement.
“This is so not only because you are one of the best hands in your profession, which has earned you a return to this exalted position but also for the fact that you have done us proud as a true ambassador of Osun.
“Your re-election must certainly be hinged on your leadership qualities and successes your have recorded as a thoroughbred professional.
“It is my wish that your association will always put the nation, its democratic experiment and progress at the forefront in all your activities.
“The significance of media to national development cannot be underestimated. Therefore, it is hoped that you will at all time pursue what is beneficial to the country, government and its democracy’s sustainability.
“The Fourth Estate of the Realm must uphold the principle of fair hearing, engage in investigative and in-depth reportage of events and ensure an egalitarian society where all shades of interests and opinions are given opportunities to air their views.”
Adeshina was on Saturday re-elected unopposed as the President of the NGE during the 2015 Biennial Convention of the guild in Lagos.
The other executive members re-elected were Garbadeen Mohammed as Deputy President, Mr. Suleiman Gaya, as Vice President North; Mr. Victor Agusiobo, as Vice President East and Mr. Steve Ayorinde as Vice President West.
Others are, Assistant General Secretary, Mrs. Mary Atolagbe; Treasurer, Mr. Ogbang Akwaji and Social and Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Funke Egbemode.
However, the post of the National Secretary was contested by Mrs. Victoria Ibanga and Mr. Mustapha Isah.
Ibanga won the position with115 votes against Isah’s 103 votes.
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