Nigeria’s Information Minister, Mohammed Idris has called on the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to support the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Bola Tinubu to move Nigeria forward.
Mr Idris made the call during a courtesy visit of the NIPR council, led by the institution president, Mr. Ike Neliaku to him recently in Abuja.
He said he was impressed by NIPR’s plans to embark on multi-sectoral engagements on Public Relations in maritime, energy, enterprise, and aviation, among others.
In his words, “The more we sectorize our profession, the better for us, and the people will now see that there is specialization. It will also help to deepen knowledge. Everything that will make it possible for NIPR to succeed, we will do under my watch here. I am committed to that.
“But I count on you, the president and members of the council of the NIPR to key into the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu, especially in the eight priority areas that he has lined up for our country,” he added.
The Minister emphasised the need for collaboration between NIPR and the Federal Ministry of Information to close the perceived information gap between the government and its citizens.
“We know that there is little hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy; we need a lot of PR approach to that. We can see some gaps, but when we collaborate with NIPR, we can close the gaps. It has been said that 50 per cent of execution is in communication. So, if we don’t communicate, there will be problems. Let us imbibe that to move our country forward,” he said.
In his remarks, the NIPR president, Ike Neliaku, said the institute had lined up activities for the next two years that would take Nigeria to the next level. He said the institute was planning to initiate a programme called ‘Rebirth Nigeria’, which would deal with ‘Citizen Education and Value Re-orientation’, ‘Operation Made in Nigeria’ and ‘Service Delivery Excellence’.
In his words, “We are proposing that these initiatives be coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation and NIPR, which we will operate in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, NASIMA and Nollywood. Others are the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and Ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy,” he said.
Neliaku added that other activities included the Directors’ Conference, the commencement of implementation of the Citizens Summit and many others that would move the country forward.