… new chairman calls for cooperation and synergy
… stakeholders identify the role of trust in public communication
Members of the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) have elected Mrs Comfort Nwankwo as the new chairman of the Chapter in the state.
Mrs. Nwankwo defeated Mrs. Eniola Mayowa and Mr Jide Benson in the contest, which held during the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the chapter.
Mr. Samuel Ayetutu defeated Mr. Oladapo Soneye to emerge winner of the Vice Chairman position.
Contestants for the other vacant positions in the executive council were returned unopposed.
In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Nwankwo thanked all those who voted for her and promised to deliver on all her campaign promises.
She pledged to draw on her wealth of experience and knack for service in different walks of life to create the right visibility and partnership for the chapter.
While extending an olive branch to other candidates that vied for the position of the chairman, she stressed the need for cooperation and synergy among the chapter’s members in order to maintain the flagship status of Lagos NIPR.
Other newly elected executive council members inaugurated by the President and Chairman of Council, NIPR, Mallam Muhktar Sirajo, to pilot the affairs of the chapter for the next two years include Dr. Ahmadu Fatimah Binta, General Secretary; Mr Quadri Adeleke Adewale, Assistant Secretary; Mrs Modinat Tosin Olowoeshin, Treasurer; Mr Olumuyiwa Ojelabi, Internal Auditor; Mr Nyinongo Nicodemus Nyitar, Financial Secretary.
Others are Mr Samuel O. Adeyemi, Public Relations Executive; Mr Bassey Ekpe Nta, Ex- Officio; Mr Adeola Ekundayo Harry, Ex-Officio, Mrs Oluwatoyin Adedoyin Adeseun-Nwosu, Ex-Officio.
Earlier at the strategic discourse held at the same venue, keynote speaker, Dr Jossy Nkwocha, Group Head, Corporate Communications and Special Adviser to the Managing Director, Indorama Nigeria, posited that truth is the only antidote to communication failure, and earning the trust of stakeholders in both public and private sectors.
He called on communication professionals to be open and sincere while communicating with their stakeholders.
He said, “Building trust is one of the key pillars of reputation management namely trust, integrity and character. Integrity and character build trust. Trust is a psychological, mental attitude toward a proposition that someone is dependable, trustworthy and reliable.
“Trust is a powerful force that builds loyalty, increases credibility and supports effective communications. It gives you the benefit of the doubt in situations where you want to be heard, understood and believed. Trust often results from consistency.
“How to communicate truthfully, sincerely and honestly is a challenge for some business organisations and business leaders; and most especially in political communication, and among political leaders.”
He concluded his presentation by advising those, who handle public communications at federal and state levels to “douse tension in the country and rebuild brotherhood and unity by being mindful of their speech writing and public communications”.
Commissioner for Information in Lagos, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, who represented the Governor of Lagos, also identified truth as the right tool that has helped the Lagos State Government to build trust among Lagosians.
The discourse chaired by Dr Rotimi Oladele, immediate-past President of NIPR, had other discussants like Mrs Temitope Oguntokun, Director Legal and Corporate Affairs, International Breweries, and Mr Tunji Oketunbi, GM, Public Affairs, Accident Investigation Bureau; who all aligned with the postulations of the keynote speaker and chairman of discourse.
The discourse was compered by Mrs Victoria Uwadoka, Lead, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Nestle Nigeria PLC.