Members of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) have elected President, Vice President and Council Members at the Annual General Meeting [AGM] of the Institute which was held in Lafia, Nasarawa State at the weekend.
In a keynote address at the 2007 National conference of the Institute before the AGM, Minister of Information and Communications, John Ogar Odey noted that the conference was an opportunity for practitioners to strengthen their roles in national development.
He said that distorted flow of information between government and the governed creates misunderstanding, apathy and conflicts, adding that, the right perception is required for a conducive environment for individuals, organizations and government.
Mr. Odey further said that Public Relations practice should build good reputation and foster public and private programmes that are beneficial to the Nigerian society. He urged NIPR to ensure the promotion of the seven-point agenda, rule of law, electoral reform, fights against corruption, due process, transparency and partnership from Nigerians towards quality life for Nigerians.
In his remarks, the President and Chairman of NIPR Council, Professor Ikechukwu Nwosu expressed the institutes desire to co-operate with the government and private sector for laudable attainments of peace and harmony in the country. He also revealed that, PR strategies are relevant tools for solutions to development problems in health, education, politics and reforms among others.
Delivery his welcome remarks, Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma noted that, discussions on best practices will enable PR practice perform its functions of reducing misunderstandings and conflicts in the society. He averred that clear understanding of public perceptions is vital for genuine communication of government actions and policies. He added that a high sense of intellectual ability is required for good results in the new information technology system.
The Returning officer of NIPR 2007 Electoral committee, Alhaji Idris Abubakar disclosed after the council elections that seventeen new members have been constituted into its council for the year 2008-2010.
Prof. Nwosu Ikechukwu was returned by consensus as the President and Mr. Abdullahi Mohammed becomes Vice president by consensus.
Members elected into the council of NIPR are:
- Prof. Ike Nwosu
- Mohammed Abdullahi Yusuf
- Ahiante Ben
- Ahede Jonathan
- Akin Okudero
- Akor S. Yakubu
- Ekemezie Dennis
- Orukari Bimbo
- Inua Aminu
- Mohammed Abdullahi A.
- Oladele Rotimi
- Kunle Oshodi Glover
- Peter Oyeneye
- Samuel B. Uko
- Tyofom Khyeku
- Nwosu Ikechukwu