Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State and his Edo State counterpart, Adams Oshiomhole, are expected to grace this year's Press Week of the Lagos State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
While Oshiomhole will deliver a public lecture on the theme of the press week - "Nigeria's Democracy and Insecurity: The Way Forward", Fashola will be the chief host during the week-long event.
The event, which is expected to attract captains of industry as well as political office holders from different walks of life, will be chaired by Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State with Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights activist and Mr. Femi Adesina, a seasoned journalist/commentator and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Newspapers discussing Oshiomhole's paper.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of the Council, Deji Elumoye and the Secretary, Sylva Okereke, the council said the annual event would afford journalists in the Centre of Excellence opportunity to interact with captains of industries and the political class while adding value to journalism profession.
According to the statement, "The Press Week is part of the council's activities designed to bring the governed closer to the government as well as deepening the knowledge of Lagos journalists in Nigeria's democratic process amid insecurity in the country, hence, the theme-Nigeria's Democracy and Insecurity-The Way Forward."
The theme of the Press Week came on the heels of the growing insecurity of lives and property in a democratic country like Nigeria.
The week-long event, according to the statement began yesterday with a thanksgiving church service at Christ the King Church at Alausa and ends on Friday, December 14, 2012 with a Media Legends Awards Nite at Combo Hall of Lagos Television, Agidingbi in Ikeja by 5 p.m.
Some of the media icons to be honoured by Lagos NUJ include Akran of Badagry; former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh and the Publisher/Chairman of Vanguard Newspapers Limited, Mr Sam Amuka-Pemu, among others.