Dep Gov Enlists Professionals' Cooperation With Govt To Ensure Better Society
By Emmanuel Ebong
November 30, 2020
Professional associations in the country
have been advised to
close ranks with governments
at all levels for the purpose of
delivering good governance to
Nigerians and preserve the
society for posterity.
The Akwa Ibom deputy
governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, who gave the advice while
declaring open a Directors'
Conference by the Nigerian
Institute of Public Relations at
Ibom Hotel and Resort, Uyo,
said cooperation by professional bodies became even
more urgent and desperate
than ever before in the country given the recent EndSARS
protest, lootings and destruction of lives and property.
Describing the theme of
conference "Changing the
Dynamite of Governance
through Strategic Communication ", as apt and well thoughtout, Ekpo said it was a pointer
to the fact that the Institute is
well aware of its role in the new
governance dynamics and
paradigm so critical for the
The deputy governor commended the decision of the
NIPR leadership not only to get
communicators to restrategize, but for doing so as
stakeholders in governance.
He wished that the NIPR
leadership and membership
who are the eye-witness communicators and not peddlers
of fake and unverified information should spare some moments during their conference
to embark on the inspection
tour of people-centered development projects initiated by
the present administration in
Ekpo listed such projects
they should inspect while in
the state for the conference to
include; good roads infrastructure linking the 31 local government areas of the state; rice
and garri projects; the Fertilizer blending factory; flour mill
and Metering factory.
His words: "You should
visit the 2-story Intelligence
Building meant to accommodate the headquarters of oil
companies and other organizations operating in the state,
and the Maintenance Repairs
and Overhaul (MRO) at our
airport which is about 75 percent completed to provide
maintenance facilities for airplanes in the country and the
Equatorial Guinea Region.
Ekpo, who wished the NIPR
2020 annual conference participants made up of directors
and heads of Public Relations
a resounding success, was
optimistic that they would return to their various circuits not
only with a well-rounded message of a new paradigm in communication, but a resolve to be
part of its field implementation.
The chairman, Directors'
Conference, 2020 planning
committee, Nkechi AliBalogun, explained that the
conference was arranged to
create a platform for informed
discourse and influential ideas
on how to build a prosperous and secure workforce and society in the best interest of all.
Ali-Balogun noted that the
conference was organized to
also provide the unique opportunity for a shared conversation in the best way to respond
to the social needs of society.
Her words: "We are looking to grow a new class of directors who specialize in understanding and influencing
the human and social dynamics of conflict and cooperation
to achieve positive outcomes
on behalf of employers.
Recent events have shown that
people's identities; interests;
networks and narratives are
focal point for communications designed to deliver measurable change in support of
political, social, development
or military objectives.
She remarked that the
fourth edition of the conference was aimed primarily to
foster corporate statesmanship; workers who are skilled
in managing state affairs; corporate statesman, wise, skillful, and respected leaders in
their chosen fields and who
will place the common good
above their own interests and
actively work to shape the narrative.
The president and chairman of council, NIPR, Mallam
Mukhtar Sirajo, Akwa Ibom
commissioner for information
and strategy, Comrade Ini
Ememobong and his Delta
State counterpart, Mr Charles
Oniagwu, emphasized the
need for leaders to always submit themselves to the public
relations practitioners for useful advice to guard against
making mistakes that would
negatively impact on the corporate image of their organizations.
They also stressed the
need for public relations practitioners to be part of the decision making process of their
respective establishments for
the best to be achieved.