Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed happiness with Friday’s election of Mr Femi Adesina, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Newspapers as President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), succeeding Mr Gbenga Adefaye who served out the two term limit prescribed by the constitution of the guild.
In a statement by Felix Ofou, his Press Secretary, the governor described the election of Adesina as putting “round peg in a round hole”, while also noting that the outcome reflects the confidence and acceptance of the celebrated columnist by editors all over the country.
He said: “It is with great joy that I received the news of the election of Mr Femi Adesins as the new President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors to take over from my good friend and brother, Mr Gbenga Adefaye who I believe served the guild meritoriously. There is no doubt that Nigerian editors have put a round peg in a round hole”.
Governor Uduaghan in particular, praised the NGE for conducting an election of new officers to run the guild devoid of any acrimony or division, stressing that the editors, by this feat have shown the way for other groups and people to follow, while adding that this would further enhance the image of the group.
He wished the new executive a successful tenure and expressed the hope that the NGE would help to stamp out quackery from the journalism profession as well as ensure that journalists are paid regular wages, quite unlike the case where several media houses owe their staff for months.
The governor restated his commitment to host the next conference, while noting that Asaba, the Delta capital, and the entire state was waiting with heart’s breath to welcome the editors as well as showcase the landmarks of the administration in the last six years.
*FELIX OFOU is Press Secretary to the Gov. Uduaghan