By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relation (NIPR) is to honour the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for what the institute terms as impressive governance, and purposeful leadership.
The President of the Institute, and Chairman of Council, Malam Muktar Sirako stated this at a media briefing in Asaba, after an assessment of some of the legacy projects of Governor Okowa across the state, and to formaly announce the event which will be holding at Orchid Hotels, Asaba on Monday, September 6, 2021, where the governor will be invested as a patron of the Institute in a Memorial Lecture to honour its founding member, Sam Epelle.
Speaking further, the President hinted that to bring back the country, where the diversity will be used for the development of the good of all Nigerians, the Institute has concluded plans to convene a summit on security, peace and national integration, which is expected to strengthen mutual relationships and build trust among the nation’s component parts.
‘’We want to bring back a Nigeria where we will use our diversity for what it was meant by God; as a blessing and opportunity for all of us to come together and bring our individual and collective endowments to the table for the general good of the whole.
‘’This is why we feel it is important to bring Nigerians together for us to talk among ourselves rather than sit in our comfort zones and hauling blames at one another.
According to him: “The Citizens’ Summit on National Integration, Peace and Security is meant to bring the country back to the path of sanity with a view to finding out what the problem of the country is.
‘’This will be a journey towards finding genuine solutions to our problems as a people and we believe that communication is a crucial part that we cannot afford to ignore.
‘’We also believe that the proposed summit is different from every other conference convoked before now because, NIPR being a profession premised on building, developing and mending relationships, is such that it is suitably placed as a profession that can provide a neutral platform for looking at the relationship problems of this country.
Speaking further, Mallam Sirajo said: ‘’This proposed summit is a citizen-driven initiative; it will not just be done by the NIPR. Although we are driving the process but we are doing so in conjunction with about 60 other organizations, associations and all Nigerians of goodwill who believe that this country has the potential to be great again’’ he said.
The President was accompanied by Elder Emma Ogidi, Special Adviser to the Governor on Neighbourhood Watch, Vice Chairman of the State Branch, Mr Godfrey Osakwe, some council members and members of the Delta Chapter.
Earlier, the Obi of Owa, HRM Emmanuel Efeizomor stressed that Nigeria was passing through a phase of its history, while recommending the adoption of public relations to addressing the country’s challenges and restoring it to its glory days.
‘’Nigeria should build a new attitudinal projection, work towards the development of human relations. I cannot think of anybody telling me that Nigeria should break; if we break, where do we go to? Countries that have broken, at one point, still seek to come back together’’ the monarch said.
The projects visited include the State Central Secretariat, the Asaba Specialist Hospital (ASH), the storm drainages and the Film Village located in the state capital, and the Teachers Professional Development Centre (TPDC) as well as Federal Road Safety Training School in Owa-Alero.