Former Governor of Abia State and Publisher of the Sun titles, Dr. Orji Kalu, has described the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph Newspapers, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, as a veteran journalist who has contributed immensely to the media industry.
According to Kalu, Egbemode has the capacity to steer the affairs of the Guild, adding that she would bring to bear her vast experience and network of contacts.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “I received with joy the news of the emergence of one of my colleagues, Egbemode as acting President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).
“Her emergence is not a surprise to many Nigerians who are conversant with her media endeavours.
“Having served in various capacities and positions in the world of journalism, there is no doubt in her capability to sustain the good name of the professional body.
“Egbemode has over the years created a niche for herself in the media industry and as such her new role as acting President of NGE is in the interest of the professional body”.
The former governor while advising media professionals to exhibit a high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties, added that the strategic importance of the media cannot be undermined in the society, noting that the media is the voice of the voiceless.
Kalu equally used the opportunity to commend the Guild for being gender- neutral in its appointments.