By Abdullahi Yusuf
The 19th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) opened today in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, with no fewer than 300 Media Executives and Senior Editors in attendance.
With the theme: “Stimulating Economic Growth, Technological Advancement: The Role Of The Media,” the five-day event will feature Economists, Technology Experts and Media Professionals who will examine the nation’s economic and technological challenges and proffer the way forward.
The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE), Eze Anaba, in his welcome address, said the conference would also examine “Nigerian media sustainability and the existential threat by the Big Tech and what we need to do in the face of the new reality.”
“It will allow the participants to discuss issues affecting the journalism profession and proffer solutions that hopefully will enhance its robust practice in the country,” Anaba said.
He said the conference would also feature the launching of the NGE Editors Trust Fund ” in fulfilment of the promise I made during the campaign preceding the last biennial election of the Guild.”
Earlier, the Oku Ibom Ibibio and President General, Akwa Ibom Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, His Eminence Nteyin(Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk, on behalf of the Royal fathers, also welcomed Editors and other guests to the state.
Etuk said the theme of the conference indicated the willingness of the Editors “to contribute towards reviving our communal economy at a time we desire to bring it to the fore and promoting same.”
“The Supreme Council and I do attest to your continuous gatekeeping and agenda-setting role, especially towards Nigeria’s political and economic advancement over the years.
“And it is my fervent belief in your commitment to the upholding of high moral and ethical journalism practice for a better Nigeria that I feel highly elated to associate with and welcome the Editors to Akwa Ibom State,” the Oku Ibom Ibibio said.