Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, will from Wednesday this week, play host to the 8th annual All Nigerian Editors Conference where over 250 Nigerian editors from the print, electronic and online media, are expected to be in attendance.
The opening ceremony of the conference, with the theme: The Nigerian Editor and National Security, is slated for Thursday, September 13, at the new Banquet Hall, Government House, Uyo.
A release by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, welcomed the editors to Akwa Ibom, the State of Uncommon Transformation and urged them to savour the hospitality of Akwa Ibom people.
Mr Umanah said while Senate President, David Mark will be the Special Guest of Honour at the event, veteran journalist and former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba as will be the chairman.
The Commissioner called on all journalists in the state to accord the editors a befitting welcome and identify with the events lined up for the conference.
The keynote address at the conference, according to the release, will be delivered by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), while the Director-General of the State Security Service, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong will deliver a paper on the topic, Architecture of Terror.
Other resource persons expected at the conference are, Prof. Etannbi Alemika,who is to talk on The Cost of Insurgency; Chief Femi Falana (SAN), Understanding Anti-Terror Laws in Nigeria; Rufai Ibrahim, Reporting Right, Reporting Safe.
The editors will, in the course of the conference, hold an interactive session with Governor Godswill Akpabio and other and governors of some other selected states.
Also expected to grace the occasion are the Speaker of the House of Representative, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku.