Nigerian Guild of Editors: Agriculture, Most Viable Option to Revive Economy

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Editors at the conference

Editors at the conference

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Sunday, called for the diversification of the economy with more emphasis on agriculture.The guild said the Nigerian economy is afflicted with over-reliance on oil and gas as the major source of revenue  for the country which has left it in recession.

A communique issued at the end of its four-day conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, said agriculture  remained the most viable option to revive the economy, create employment and usher in  prosperity.

While calling on government to strengthen policies  that protect farmers and encourage local production for food sufficiency, the media, NGE said, has a major role to play in redirecting the consciousness of Nigerians especially the youth towards embracing modern agriculture.

The editors noted that “agriculture has suffered serious neglect as a result of negative mindset, reliance on outdated methods and gross underfunding; that the media has a major role to play in efforts to redirect the consciousness of Nigerians especially the youth towards embracing modern, technology-driven agriculture; that government must urgently evolve or strengthen policies that protect local farmers against influx of foreign agricultural products and encourage local production for food sufficiency and processing of raw materials for export; that skills needed for agricultural production and processing should be stressed above mere certification for the sake of it”.

NGE  said  “government should quickly recapitalize and make more functional the Bank of Agriculture and other institutions relevant to the agricultural programmes of the country”.

The communique…

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 12TH ALL NIGERIAN EDITORS’ CONFERENCE , ANEC, OF THE GUILD OF EDITORS, HELD AT THE PRESIDENTIAL HOTEL, PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, FROM AUGUST 3 – 7, 2016

Members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, from across the country met for four days in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State for the 12th All Nigerian Editors Conference, ANEC 2016.
The theme of the Conference was “Economic Diversification: Agriculture As Option For A Prosperous Nigeria’’.
The Conference was chaired by former Governor of Ogun State, Akinrogun Olusegun Osoba and declared open by Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON.
At the end of extensive deliberations, the Conference resolved as follows:
1. That there is a serious problem with the nation’s economy as a result of over-reliance on oil and gas as source of revenue for the country and that there is urgent need to diversify the economy
2. That agriculture is the most viable option to adopt to revive the nation’s economy, create employment for the army of unemployed youths, and usher in prosperity for the country and its peoples
3. That agriculture has suffered serious neglect as a result of negative mindset, reliance on outdated methods and gross underfunding
4. That the media has a major role to play in efforts to redirect the consciousness of Nigerians especially the youth towards embracing modern, technology-driven agriculture
5. That government must urgently evolve or strengthen policies that protect local farmers against influx of foreign agricultural products and encourage local production for food sufficiency and processing of raw materials for export
6. That skills needed for agricultural production and processing should be stressed above mere certification for the sake of it
7. That government should quickly recapitalize and make more functional the Bank of Agriculture and other institutions relevant to the agricultural programmes of the country
8. That formation of more Farmers’ Co-operative societies should be encouraged while those already in existence should be strengthened to improve on their productivity
9. That states should collaborate in the areas of agricultural production and processing, using the areas where they have comparative advantage
10. The Guild lamented the decline in the quality of journalism practice and non-adherence to the ethics of the profession and called on Editors to make efforts to redress the situation in their different organisations.
11. That, based on a motion moved by Malam Sani Adamu, a member of the Standing Committee and seconded by Angela Agoawike, Fellow of the Guild of Editors, Mrs. Funke Egbemode was ratified as President of the Guild.
12. That, based on careful observation of the state of affairs in Rivers State, the Guild commended the government and people of the state for the level of security and infrastructural development as well as for the steps being taken to promote agriculture in the state.
13. The Guild also appreciated the hospitality of the government and people of Rivers State

FunkeEgbemode Victoria Ibanga
President General Secretary

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