The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, Wednesday, said its forthcoming 9th All Nigerian Editors Conference will focus on diversification of the country’s economy from dependence on crude oil.
According to a statement by Isaac Ighure, the Guild’s General Secretary, the conference, scheduled to hold at Asaba from August 21 to 24, will feature economic experts, ministers, governors and top businessmen, who are expected to proffer viable suggestions.
According to him, the theme of the conference, which will be chaired by Aremo Segun Osoba, is Nigeria Beyond Oil: Role of the Editor, while Alhaji Aliko Dangote is expected to give a keynote address.
Ighure said: “Ministers of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, will speak on The Value Chain Roadmap and Edem Duke, Tourism, will speak on Oil Exhaustible, Tourism Inexhaustible.
“Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank; and Prof. 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 high-wire event include top-notch Nigerians, such as the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Eugene Juwah and Mr. Onyema Ugochukwu, a former Editor of the Daily Times and former governorship candidate on the ticket of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State.
“Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, will be the Special Guest, while Senator Anyim Pius, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will be Special Guest of Honour.
“Host governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, will deliver the welcome address, while other state governors from the northern and southern parts of the country will be on hand to offer their views.”