The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), a professional body of editors in the country has instituted an annual memorial lecture in honour of its pioneer President and former Governor of Lagos State, late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
Penpushing reports that President of the Guild, Eze Anaba and Dr Iyobosa Uwugiaren(Secretary) made this known in a press statement adding that the maiden edition is scheduled to take place August 7, 2023 in Lagos.
The statement explained that the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE) decision was informed by a deliberate programme to nurture a culture of appreciation, adding that the programme will interrogate developments affecting the media and society.
‘As part of nurturing a culture of appreciation, the NGE is instituting an Annual Lecture in honour of its late pioneer president, Alhaji Jakande, which will interrogate developments affecting the media and society’, the statement said.
‘It is both a testament to the cherished service rendered by Alhaji Jakande and an acknowledgement of the importance of having such a dialogue for the overall good of our media and our country, Nigeria. The First Annual Lecture is slated for August 7, 2023, at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, at 10am’’, the statement stated.
Penpushing further reports that a seasoned veteran journalist and Fellow of Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE), Chief Felix Adenaike, is expected to deliver the maiden annual lecture with the theme ‘’Lateef Jakande: The Man, His Journalism, His Politics’’, while former Nigeria Ambassador to Brazil and celebrated columnist, Ambassador. Patrick Dele Cole, will chair the event.
The Guild added that important personalities, including publishers, state governors, captains of private sector, journalism students, members of the political class and others, are expected at the event with Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as Special Guest of Honour.
Penpushing also reports that giving a background to the annual memorial lecture, the editors said that the Guild was established on May 20, 1961 to serve as an elite club of editors through, which editors as professional heads of their publications, could advance their professional interests by networking to discuss common challenges and developing relationships with their various audiences in the media itself, government, and professional/trade associations.
‘Originally named as the Guild of Newspaper Editors of Nigeria, it was later renamed Nigerian Guild of Editors to accommodate colleagues in the broadcast media. The NGE’s Founding President was Alhaji Lateef Jakande (1929-2021). He had rallied his colleagues to form the body that was conceived to occupy the strategic middle ground of editorial managers between media owners and the general workforce of journalists’’, the statement added.
Penpushing reports that the statement explained that after discharging sterling duties to the Nigerian media, Jakande went on to render commendable service as the first civilian Governor of Lagos State, and as Federal Minister of Works and Housing.
The statement said sixty-two years after, the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE) remains a respected professional body in the media, credible force among professional bodies, and leader in civil society, while Alhaji Lateef Jakande’s name remains treasured – whenever committed service is mentioned in the media and public service.
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