Information Minister urges NIPR to key into Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda


By Aluta News

Oct. 13, 2023

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has called on the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to key into President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope’ Agenda to move Nigeria forward.
Idris gave the charge when the Council of NIPR led by its President paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday, in Abuja.
The Minister said he was impressed by NIPR’s plans  to embark on multi-sectoral engagements on Public Relations in the area of maritime, energy, enterprise, and aviation, among others.
Idris said: “The more we sectorize our profession, the better for us, and the people will now see that there is specialisation; 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 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.”
Idris stressed the need for collaboration between NIPR and the Federal Ministry of Information to close 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 the communication. So, if we don’t communicate, there would be problems. Let us imbibe that to move our country forward,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Dr Ike Neliaku, NIPR President and Chairman of Council, said the institute had lined up activities for the next two years that would take Nigeria to the next level.
Neliaku 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.’
“We are proposing that these initiatives will 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 Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and Ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy,” he said.
Neliaku added that other activities included Directors’ Conference,  commencement of implementation of Citizens Summit and many others that would move the country forward.
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