The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has announced the foundation stone laying ceremony for its multi-purpose Editors’ Plaza which comes up on March 1, 2018 at Guzape District in Abuja.
The Guild, in a statement on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Ken Ugbechie, named Senate Minority Leader and former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as chairman of the event.
The NGE equally disclosed that Chairman of BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, will perform the ‘turning of the sod’ to herald the construction of the plaza.
Dignitaries expected to grace the event include the Minister of FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture.
Other are governors, heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), members of corporate Nigeria, the business community, media executives, etcetera.
“The journey of the proposed Editors’ Plaza started on April 10, 2014 with a fund-raiser in Abuja under the leadership of the then President of the Guild, Mr. Femi Adesina. The goal was to raise funds to build a befitting secretariat for the Guild in Abuja to be named as Editors’ Plaza. It is worthy to note that in its over 55 years of existence, the Guild does not have a secretariat of its own,” read the statement by NGE’s secretary, Ugbechie.
“Part of the money realized from the fund-raiser has been used to acquire a property in Ikeja area of Lagos State christened Editors’ House which functions as the Guild’s secretariat in Lagos,” he said.
The Guild said, “the multi-storey edifice which sits on an expansive 5,600Sqm piece of land will add to the vastly changing Abuja landscape.”