Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has concluded plans to convoke a national reputation summit designed to restore understanding and promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians as well as facilitate the emergence of a progressive and sustainable national reputation and character.
According to its President, Mallam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, it is imperative for Public Relations practitioners to take up with more consciousness and seriousness, the responsibility of managing reputation, rebuilding relationships, and deepening corporate best practices for the purpose of fast-tracking national development and redirecting energies towards rebuilding a nation that derives strength from its diversity, noting that as a people, Nigerians are better off together than staying in bits and pieces.
He therefore called on all Nigerians to engage with one another, constructively and sincerely in order to bequeath a better nation to future generations of Nigerians.
Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the institute held recently in Bauchi state, Zubairu Sirajo noted that Nigerians are peace loving people hence the nation must harness its rich potentials for growth through good reputation.
Speaking at the occasion, the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, who joined the Annual General Meeting virtually, thanked the President for offering to make the Institute’s platform available for a national dialogue on peace and security in order to secure a consensus on the unity of the country while fostering dialogue among stakeholders in order to advance the course of unity.
He added that the task has never been more urgent than now, against the background of discordant voices in the country and the growing calls for separation.
It will be recalled that the Annuel General Meeting earlier scheduled to hold in April 2020, was postponed till May 2021 in the wake of the nationwide lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.