Thursday, June 23, 2011

PR body unveils plans for yearly forum

THE Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Lagos State chapter, has unveiled plans for its 22nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Public Relations Week.

The AGM, which holds from October 14 to 21, has as theme Towards A Greater Nigeria: Public Relations As A Viable Tool For National And Mass Orientation.

Speaking on the AGM which marks a major milestone in the history of public relations practice in Nigeria, Jide Ologun, chairman of the chapter, said the event is a platform to rally practitioners in the state to review progress made in the past year and chart a course for the continuing development of the profession in the state.

According to Ologun, " in view of the status of Lagos, as the state with the highest concentration of public relations practitioners in the country and host of the National Secretariat, the crucial role that the sector has continued to play as a means of mobilising stakeholders in the Nigerian project, especially at a time the nation has just emerged from an election that showed Nigeria could be truly great, the 2011 AGM Week presents an opportunity for our members to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the institute and the cause of nation-building through effective public relations practice, and for the institute to restate its relevance as a partner in the on-going transformation agenda in Lagos State and indeed Nigeria.”

He assured that the NIPR in Lagos would continue the pursuit of excellence and professionalism in PR practice as evident in the works and acts of its members, which would be showcased through the line-up of activities for the AGM.

Outlining activities of the AGM/PR Week, Dr. Ken Egbas, chairman of the Planning Committee, disclosed that the one-week programme would begin with a Juma'at Service at the Alausa Central Mosque on October 14.

It would be followed by a Charity Walk in honour of the Nigeria Child as well as a Novelty Football Match in memory of the late Bassey Koma, a sports journalist and frontline member of the Institute, at the Training pitch of National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on October 15.

There will be a Church Service at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Marina, Lagos on October 16.

The programme, according to Egbas, continues with a Social Work and donation to the Little Saints Orphanage in Surulere on October.

October 20 is the AGM proper with the theme, Towards A Greater Nigeria: Public Relations As A Viable Tool For National And Mass Orientation.

“The occasion will see the election of new officials to pilot the affairs of the institute for a fresh two-year term in office, and also feature a public lecture to be delivered by a distinguished Nigerian, as well as presentation of the yearly report of activities of the institute among other businesses of the day," Egbas said.

According to him, activities of the 2011 PR Week will climax with the 2nd NIPR Golden Eagle Awards, which will see members of the institute and public relations agencies compete for honours in different categories on October 21 at De Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja.

He noted that the PR Golden Eagle Awards was conceived to raise the standard of PR practice by creating a platform to measure best practices, and recognise distinction, excellence and also reward diligence in the public relations industry.

In a remark, Mr. Rasheed Bolarinwa, head of the Media sub-committee, noted that the AGM Week would build on the achievement recorded last year as the institute continues its efforts to bringing more glory and glamour to the practice of public relations in Nigeria.

He solicited the support of the media as worthy partners of the NIPR in all its programmes and activities, stressing that the media will play a crucial role towards the success of the occasion.

The media event also witnessed the public presentation of the official logo of the 22nd NIPR AGM/PR Week.

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