The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has described LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group Ltd as a vocal voice in Nigeria’s journey to nationhood.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to LEADERSHIP corporate headquarters in Abuja yesterday, the vice chairman of NIPR, Abuja chapter, Malam Aliyu Umar, said the institute recognises the paper’s invaluable roles as one of the leading media organisations in Nigeria in ensuring accountability in governance and the development of the nation.
Umar said as a sister organisation, the institute specially appreciates the commitment and consistency of LEADERSHIP in partnering with the NIPR, FCT chapter, over the years in its bid to rebrand and nnreposition the nation through communication and public relations.
He explained that the aim of the courtesy visit was to basically renew its existing relationship with LEADERSHIP and also seek the collaboration of the media house towards ensuring the success of the chapter’s annual general meeting and conference.
He said, “The 2018 NIPR annual conference will seek to aggregate a refined vision for bridging the trust gap in governance in Nigeria and to clarify some of the drivers necessary to improve governance and meet the development challenges of the 21st century.
“This year’s theme is: “Bridging the Trust Gap in Governance: Implications for Emerging Democracies’’, slated for December 5, 2018 to 5 December, 2018.
“We seek media coverage of the events marking this year’s AGM: adoption and publication of our press conference and special interview sessions as may be necessary as well as consideration for advertorials”.
Responding, the chief operating officer (COO) of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group Ltd, Mr Dele Fanimo, assured the NIPR delegation of the paper’s maximum support and coverage.
Fanimo decried the situation whereby non-members practising the profession equate public relation with lies because they do not have the requisite training.
The COO stressed that since Public Relations is a management function, public relations practitioners must attend board meetings and seminars to be properly briefed about the organisation.
He said when public relations practitioners are not properly briefed, communication flow will be poor for media practitioners.
Fanimo lamented that the job of public relations is sometimes left for non-professionals.
He, however, urged the institute to ensure professional conduct among handlers of public relations .