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NGE to launch Trust Fund

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) says it is planning to launch the Nigerian Editors Trust Fund, which is designed to address the professional/welfare needs of media houses and editors in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday by the NGE President, Mr Eze Anaba, and the General Secretary, Dr Iyobosa Uwugiaren.

The statement said the launch was in line with the resolution of the All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC), recently held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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The NGE said during the ANEC, publishers, media executives and editors urged the Guild to adopt strategies for the professional/welfare needs of media houses and editors in Nigeria.

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It said this was part of several efforts to help media experts discharge their constitutional and social responsibility to society without necessarily compromising their ethical standards.

NGE said the initiative was a response to the increasing professional/welfare challenges faced by the highest echelon of Nigerian journalists in performing their duties.

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‘’The trust fund, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2024, will also address the daunting economic challenges that media executives and editors are faced with during and after office.

“The fund will benefit the Guild’s members in the print, electronic and online media.

‘’The trust fund will be a collaborative effort among all the stakeholders in the media sector, including the public sector – aimed at addressing key challenges that affect the professionals, who are the ultimate gatekeepers in their media organizations’’, the Guild added.

It added that the Guild, at its annual conference in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, set up a committee headed by its Vice-President (East), Mr Sheddy Ozoene, to liaise with media stakeholders.

“The trust fund will create the much-desired impact in the journalism profession in the country as the editors and media executives will be exposed to empowerment programs and innovations in the media industry, retraining and networking opportunities with colleagues from around the world,’’ NGE said.

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The Guild added that the trust fund, which will be managed by trustees comprising eminent personalities from within and outside the media, will be a fallback cushion for media executives and editors in critical situations.

The NGE added that it will also be a source of addressing their welfare needs as well as funding for key media projects that will impact Nigeria’s democracy, good governance, and national development. (NAN)


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