A statement signed by the General Secretary of the Guild, Victoria Ibanga, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Abuja, described the appointments as a plus to the media industry and Nigeria as a whole.
“It is very auspicious to express our joy that President Muhammadu Buhari has deemed it fit to choose thorough-bred, distinguished, and dutiful professionals with notable pedigree to head its information-related parastatals.
“The Guild thanks President Buhari for the recognition accorded the prestigious organisation, which has been demonstrated by the appointments of many of its members to serve in the present government.
“It is a thing of joy that our Fellows and members are being recognised in their chosen field through these appointments.
It challenged the appointees to bring their wealth of experiences to bear on their new jobs and make a difference in enhancing the well-being of the respective organisations and their work force.”
According to the statement, the appointments are not based on political affiliation or linkages but as a result of recognised contributions to the development of Nigeria through the use of the media space.
“This, to us, in the NGE, is a testimony that our contributions as media professionals are being recognised and appreciated.
It would be recalled that Mr Bayo Onanuga and Mr Ishaq Kawu, both Fellows of the Guild, were on Wednesday appointed Managing Director and Director-General, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), respectively.
Other appointees were Mr Yakubu Mohammed, Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Mr Mansur Liman, Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).
The list also had Mr Osita Okechukwu as Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), and Dr Garba Abari as the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA). (NAN)