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EDITORS LAMENT CRISIS IN MEDIA, LAMBAST JAMB

BY IYANU OLUWAJOMILOJU

 

The Nigerian Guild of Editor has noted that the current economic challenges facing the country has made the need to diversify the Nigerian economy more compelling and urged government to quickly evolve very clear and productive policies on mining, as well as make agriculture more attractive through the provision of soft loans and other incentives .

The Guild in its communiqué signed by Garba Deen Mohammed (President) and Mary Atolagbe (Assistant Secretary General), at the end of its first quarterly Standing Committee meeting held in Abuja last week, also expressed serious disappointment over the poor conduct of the last JAMB computer-based examinations. Describing it as a national embarrassment capable of truncating the destinies of future leaders the Guild therefore, implored government to immediately halt the approval of centres that lack the capacity to ensure seamless conduct of such examinations.

The Guild further noted with concern that the media industry, like most other sectors, is suffocating under the prevailing economic challenges, which poses a threat to the survival of traditional media in particular and credible information dissemination. It therefore asked the government to review policies that impede the operations of the media in order to sustain democracy and avoid job losses.