The President used the occasion to urge the association as a professional body to take the issues of training and re-training of its members as a matter of importance. He also assured APRA of the Government’s continued interest in ensuring the proper establishment and inauguration of the enduring legacy it has planned for Nigeria which is the establishment of the African Public Relations and Communications Academy and revealed that all the appropriate government agencies have been directed to assist in all ways possible to ensuring the success of these laudable project.
The President who was represented by the Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili charged African Public Relations Practitioners to use their knowledge to make a difference, and make the African Continent better governed and more developed.
While noting with delight the array of practitioners that gathered in Nigeria for the Association’s Conference whose membership cuts across Africa, he commended the association for the choice of their theme for the Conference which is “Public Relations and Corporate Governance” and observed that the entire world economy has been challenged in the last one year with serious issues of poor governance, corruption and lack of transparency.
Delegates drawn from more than 10 African Countries are participating in the conference.