Abuja, Aug. 25, 2023: The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Abuja on Thursday conferred fellowship awards on some members at its 2023 AGM where Information minister Mohammed Idris sought for collaboration in restoring public trust in government.
The awards was the climax of the AGM which attracted elite members and high government’s officials.
The minister also urged NIPR members to use the conference to recommit themselves not only to their clients and organisations, but also to the greater good of the nation.
Idris, with three decades of robust practice in public relations before his appointment as minister, said that communication professionals played key role in addressing the myriad of challenges facing the country.
“You are aware that the focus of government now is how to restore the confidence of the governed in governments and its institutions.
“This time around the process of restoring popular confidence and trust in government and its policy shall not lie in the domains of propaganda, through tangible and credible policies of government, government aim to directly impact on the lives of our people.
“In other words, the era of relying on propaganda to propagate government programs is now over,’’ he said.
Idris also challenged NIPR to make the profession more relevant and more focus to achieve national expectations and concentrating on the key issues that dominate the national life today.
“As we come together, we are not only a celebrating our sheer dedication to the field of public relations, but also embarking on a journey of reflections of inspiration and of collaboration.
“In this age of information saturation where every click adds to the noise, the role of public relations has never been more vital.
`We are the storytellers, the bridge builders and the custodians of reputation. Our work shapes perceptions, guide decisions, it guide decision s, it foster relationship and extends far beyond the boardroom,’’ he said.
Idris commending the choice of the theme of 2023 conference, “leadership, public relations and value creation’’ urged the participants to engage thoughtfully on issues that affect the nation and shape the future of public relations.
“Beyond the corporate boardrooms and campaign strategies, let us also remember our broader societal role, our craft can be a force for positive change, amplifying voices that otherwise go unheard , driving awareness on social issues and catalysing meaningful dialogues,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the NIPR President and Chairman of the Council, Mukhtar Sirajo, called on federal government to put in place all necessary measures to ameliorate the negative effects of subsidy removal for people to heave a sigh of relief.
He said that the removal of the controversial fuel subsidy might be done with good intention but citizens and corporate organisations were struggling to cope with the negative impact of the policy, as it has resorted in the rise of prices of other products in the market
“It is therefore our hope that all necessary measures to ameliorate the negative repercussions of the policy be put in place so that people can heave a sigh of relief,’’ he said.
“The recent release of funds and other relief materials by the federal government to provide some palliatives to the citizens is commendable.
“Efforts should equally be made to ensure there is adequate transparency, accountability, fairness and equity in the distribution of these materials,’’ he said.
Sirajo called for appropriate policies to checkmate inflation restore stability in the system.
he said that inflation increased the cost of production for the manufacturing sector and the reduction in the purchasing power of most households.
“The foreign exchange market where we have witnessed that appreciation of the Naira in the record low against major currencies should also be streamline in order to stabilize our currency and restore investors’ confidence,” he said.
He also called for more efforts from the government towards addressing the issue of insecurity in the country.
Also speaking on recent military coups in the West African countries, Sirajo urged ECOWAS to explore more non-violence actions and dialogues in restoring democratic government in Niger republic.
Sirajo welcomed the appointment of key members into positions of government, including that of Idris, describing is as an indication that the government recognised the important role NIPR members played in national development.