Story: Olatunde Jogunomi Photo: Segun Lawal
It was a great day as the Nigerian Guild of Editors, the umbrella body of editors of diverse media houses in Nigeria, gather to commission their own building, Editors’ House, at 24 Mojidi Street, off Toyin Street, Ikeja Lagos.
The President of theGuild, Mrs, Funke Egbemode, whose joy knew no bounds as she beams with smile, stated that “In its 55 years of existence, the Guild finally has a place to call its own, right in the Heart of Lagos State.”
The programme, which represented the precision and accuracy of journalism, took little time to begin and end with the anchor person, Ken Ugbechie, taking turns to welcome the dignitaries to the event, and promptly set the ball rolling.
The chairman of the event and former governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduayhan, who was accompanied by former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter obi, former governor of Ogun State, Aremu Olusegun Osoba, representative of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Bayo Onanuga, Host governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State who was also represented by his deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, were ushered in.
The National anthem followed afterwards, and the NGE’s president gave her speech, in which she gave kudos to as many that contributed in one way or another to the realization of the building, most especially the former executive council led by Femi Adesina, after calling for a minute silence respect for one of the Guild’s fallen heroes, Mallam Sani Adamu, of the News Agency of Nigeria, who passed away “exactly 11 days ago”.
Chief Uduaghan, who eulogized Mr. Peter Obi for his stewardship as governor thanked the guild for the invitation, and went on to advice and congratulate them for a job well done.
It was then the turn the former president, Femi Adesina, who is the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity to give his remakes. He took the audience down memory lane on how fund for the building was raised.
Mrs. Oluranti Adebule in her speech stressed that a new chapter has been opened in the history of the guild, which will give it more credence, congratulating past and present administrations.
The ribbon was cut, marking the open declaration of the edifice supervised by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, and assisted by chairman of the day, and all the dignitaries present. The entourage thereafter went for a thorough inspection of the building.