It was gathered that the Managing Director of the New Telegraph Publishing Limited, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, was yesterday, re-elected the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
She was returned unopposed at an election to end the guild’s 2017 Biennial Convention, held at Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee and veteran journalist, Mr. Ray Ekpu, thanked the voters for conducting themselves in a mature and orderly manner while the election lasted.
Catherine Agbo of Leadership Newspaper and Ibrahim Mammaga of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) were elected officers for the Standing Committee, North. They got 129 and 125 votes respectively to defeat Umoru Ibrahim of National Review who scored 103 and Gbenga Adesina who also garnered 103.
The two slots for the Standing Committee, East, were keenly contested. Juliet Chinda Njiowor of Tide Newspaper who scored 140 votes and Ikpong Essien-Udom with 116 votes were elected.
They defeated Njoku Kenneth Chima and Uchewa Dike with 112 and 44 votes respectively.
The winners of the three slots for Standing Committee, West, were Austin Elewodalu, Voice of Nigeria, with 136 votes, Steve Osuji, The Nation, 135 votes and Steve Nwosu, The Sun, 127 votes. They defeated Onuoha Ukeh, The Sun (114), Eze Anaba, Vanguard (117) Samuel Ibiyemi, 23 and Franca Eke with 20 votes.
The position of Assistant General Secretary was clinched by Mary Atolagbe, who got 128 votes, to defeat Samuel Egbela with 99 votes and Igbokwe 21 votes.
However, the candidates who vied for the offices of Vice President (North), Hajia Sani of Voice of Nigeria, Vice President (East), Frederick Fabor of BBC, General Secretary, Victoria Ibanga, The Next Edition as well as Social and Publicity Secretary, Ken Ugbechie of Political Economist, were returned unopposed.
Earlier, the guest speaker, Mr. Emma Agu, while speaking on the topic of the convention: “A Nation in Recession: Whither the Nigerian Media”, said the media in Nigeria was playing an important role as an agent of public enlightenment and advocacy.