Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE Donates N1m To NIJ

Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) over the weekend donated the sum of one million Naira to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Lagos, in line with its statutory responsibility to the institution, as a member of the board.

While presenting the cheque to the Provost of the Institute, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye, the Vice President (West), Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who led the delegation, commended the management of the institution for its efforts towards promoting the ideals of journalism.

Mr. Ayorinde said the gesture was in response to the appeal made by the management of the Institute for assistance and approved by the Standing Committee of the NGE, adding that the association would have loved to do better but for other competing commitments such as the recent purchase of a befitting Editors’ House in Lagos and acquisition of a land in Abuja for the proposed Editors’ plaza.
He also stated that the leadership of NGE was in transition with the Guild’s Deputy President, Mr. Garba Deen Mohammed, currently acting as the President, saying it has become necessary to call for an extraordinary convention to fill in the gap created by the appointment of Mr. Femi Adesina as Special Adviser on media to President Mohammadu Buhari.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Ogunleye who recently took over the mantle of leadership of the institution, said the institute was currently embarking on upgrading of its infrastructural and technological facilities to meet the demands of the National Board for technical Education (NBTE), the regulatory body for technical education as well as training and re-training of teachers.
He said the institute was facing some financial challenges as a non-profit institution and sourcing for funds from corporate organizations, philanthropists to meet its objectives and aspirations became inevitable to provide excellent training for its students.

He commended NGE for its kind gesture and implored other organizations and well meaning individuals to emulate it, as it would “encourage academic and professional excellence in media practice, the development of the Nigeria media industry, and by extension, a better Nigerian society.”
Also present at the presentation were Victoria Ibanga, General Secretary, Funke Egbemode, Social/Publicity secretary, Mary Atolagbe, Assistant General secretary, Toye Olori, administrative secretary, Jide Johnson, Deputy Provost, Mauren Popoola, Ag. HOD, General Studies, Patricia Kalesanwo, Students Affairs Officer, among others.

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