Public Relations personnel in government and other institutions have been called upon to uphold the truth, avoid all forms of maladministration and ensure peaceful approach with the Publics, in the discharge of their duties.
Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele made the call in Abeokuta while addressing participants at the 2019 Colloquium and Awards, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Ogun State Chapter, with the theme, “Strengthening Nigeria’s Institutions, PR Dimensions”.
The Deputy Governor, represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mrs. Yinka Ogundimu charged the practitioners to keep the public abreast of their policy formulations and implementations, through effective communication in the mass media and social media, calling on educational and religious institutions, as well as the family to uphold moral standard and inculcate same to younger generations.
Engr. Salako-Oyedele revealed that Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration had put in place a formidable platform, comprising experts in traditional and new media communications for effective information management, while obtaining first hand information from the public on pressing issues affecting them through the Feedback Unit at the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
Lead Speaker at the event, Engr. Biodun Fijabi, maintained that the weak institutions in Nigeria must be reversed to avert economic downturns and human right violations, so that the country could attain greatness, advocating for separation of powers and respect for the rule of law by the ruling elites to build a sustainable economy.
Also speaking, Araba Tola Adeniyi represented by Prof. Anthony Kila, charged government at all levels to ensure that the public key into their policies through adequate communication, calling for the enactment of a law that would ensure that Public Affairs Officers in all agencies of government are licensed.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, NIPR, Ogun State Chapter, Mr. Lekan Togunwa, said the theme was chosen to address the situation in Nigeria, where ruling elites were more powerful than the various institutions of government, leading to downward progress in nation’s development.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of award to eminent Nigerians that have distinguished themselves in different areas of endeavours and humanitarian services.
Press Officer, Office of the Deputy Governor