National Integration: NIPR offers solution, seeks collaboration with NCC

By Abimbola Mohammed

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has offered solutions for national integration and collaboration among the nation’s citizens and all stakeholders. The NIPR made this known when it visited the Head Office of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to intimate the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, about the steps taken by the Institute to hold a National Integration Summit with the theme, “Citizens Summit on National Integration, Peace and Security (CSNIPS)”. The summit is slated for 23rd and 24th August, 2022.

The purpose of this year’s Summit is to find and implement a new way of re-inventing citizenship, which fits into NIPR’s doctrinal professional practice principles to build and maintain image, relationship, peace and harmony.

According to NIPR, “elusive national integration” has become a worrisome subject that needs to be addressed. The Institute has mapped out a strategy for a multi-ethnic and multi-sectoral strategy to be consummated through a National Integration Summit which will take place in Abuja, from 23rd to 24th August, 2022.

After a nationwide consultation with different interest groups, a four-man council team of the institute, led by Dr. Ike Neliaku on behalf of President of the Institute, Mukhtar Sirajo, visited the Head Office of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to intimate Prof. Danbatta, about the steps already taken to ensure that the unique summit comes to fruition.

According to Neliaku, the key objective of the visit was to see how the Institute will leverage communication to address security concerns, enhance peace building, and facilitate national integration. Describing NCC as one of the pillars of Nigeria’s national integration efforts, he said the institute believes the Commission will partner in the successful hosting of the Summit.

In his presentation, Neliaku said the Institute had organised zonal dialogue sessions with leaders of thought, representing ethnic and institutional interests, and had met with a diverse group of state and non-state actors as a way of rallying all stakeholders to support the project and participate in the implementation of its resolutions.

He also applauded the Nigerian Communications Commission under Danbatta’s leadership, for exceptionally upholding the legal prescriptions of the Institute in appointing professionals in the management of its public relations activities, which also aligns with professional principles and practice of public relations as prescribed in the NIPR Charter. “This explains why the NIPR is always enthusiastic in partnering with NCC whenever the opportunity presents itself, and we look forward to NCC’s support towards successful hosting of the Summit,” he said.

Director of Public Affairs of NCC, Reuben Muoka, who received the team on behalf of Prof. Danbatta, said the purpose of the visit is striking to the disposition of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission who admires every effort that will contribute to national integration. He promised that the Commission will certainly partner in this particularly “impressive, seminal and laudable project” in the context of the proposed Summit.

Muoka said the EVC of NCC holds NIPR in high esteem, “which is the reason he cherished the visit and asked me to receive you in his stead. You can rest assured that he will be positive to this request for collaboration for the good of the nation”.

The NCC spokesman said he was particularly delighted that NIPR, to which he belongs, would be the first that he was receiving on resumption as the Director of Public Affairs at the Commission. He told the council delegation comprising Neliaku, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman (retd), Lady Chinenye Ihuoma, and Ohaeri Osondu, all Fellows and Council Members of NIPR, that the Commission will continue to collaborate with the NIPR for direction in best practices in corporate relations.


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