Irked by the country’s dependence on oil revenue, the Nigerian Guild of Editors’ conference in Asaba, Delta State, will discuss how the country can move to other areas of the economy
| By Olu Ojewale | Aug. 26, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT
NIGERIAN editors are holding a conference to help the country to relinquish its dependence on oil as the main source of income. Hence, the ninth edition of the All Nigerian Editors Conference in Asaba, Delta State, will discuss papers from economic experts, ministers, governors and top businessmen on viable ideas to help the country be less dependent on oil. The conference, which holds from August 21 to 24, will be chaired by Segun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State, and former managing director of Daily Times. The theme of the four-day conference is: “Nigeria Beyond Oil: Role of the Editor.’’
Aliko Dangote, a business mogul and Africa’s richest man, is expected to set the tone of the conference in a keynote address. Some of the key speakers include Akinwumi Adesina, minister of agriculture, who is slated to speak on, “The Value Chain Roadmap’’ and Edem Duke, minister of tourism, who will deliver a paper on “Oil Exhaustible, Tourism Inexhaustible.”
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, managing director and chief executive officer, Access Bank and Sylvester Monye, special adviser to the president on performance monitoring and evaluation, will deliver papers on, “Financial Institutions In a Non-Oil Economy,’’ and ‘’Opportunities in Non-Oil Nigeria’’ respectively. Moderators at the event include Eugene Juwah, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission and Onyema Ugochukwu, a former editor of the Daily Times and former governorship candidate on the ticket of the People Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State. Labaran Maku, minister of information, will speak as the special guest while Anyim Pius Anyim, secretary to the government of the Federation, is the special guest of honour.
Emmanuel Uduaghan, the host governor, who will deliver the welcome address, is expected to be joined by other state governors from the northern and southern parts of the country to present their views on the path the nation should take in order to drop its prolonged dependence on oil. The Guild has also set aside the last day of the conference for the expected 300 editors to brainstorm on “Life After The Chair: The Editors’ Colloquium’’, a session to be facilitated by Kabiru Yusuf, chairman and chief executive officer of Daily Trust. It will be chaired by Ted Iwere, former managing director of The Daily Independent newspaper.
There will also be an investiture of new fellows and induction of new members of the Guild at a Gala Night to be organised by the state government at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba, to round off the event.