Parktonian hotel Awka on 30th March 2017, saw a gathering of scholars, business tycoons, clergymen and politicians as the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Anambra chapter held its summit with a threefold events: Lecture, award presentations on excellence and swearing in of its executives. Among the awardees is the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Paul Odili Okeke represented by Rev. Fr. Jude Chukwuma. Other awardees include;
Senator Lady Iyom Uche Ekwunife- Former Senator of the Federal Republic
Professor Charles Esimone - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University; Awka
Chuks Ochonogor – Founder, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Novena University, Ogume, Delta State
Dr. Anthony Obiora Chukwuka- Executive Chairman Greenlife Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Sir Chikodi Anara- Spcial Adviser to the Governor of Anambra State on Security Matters
Chief Festinus Kamdikora –Businessman and philanthropist
Chief Onyeka Obi- MD Obems Pasteurized foods industries Ltd.
Chigozie Chukwudi Okafor – Chairman Dynatech Systems Ltd.
Invited dignitaries to the occasion include, Chief Wille Obiano, the Governor of Anambra State, represented by Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta, Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Hon. Justice P.N.C Umeadi, Chief Judge of Anambra State, represented by Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu, National Chairman of NIPR, Rotimi Oladele, represented by Frank Tamunu Koko. There were also a collection of Professors, Associate Professors, Deans of faculties and Head of Departments from UNIZIK.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Professor Joseph Ahaneku (Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy, Awka) emphasised the important roles of journalists in the society. According to him, “Journalists are very important people in the society, they can make or mar the society, they can communicate to reinforce or destroy the oneness of the Nigerian State, they can generate issues that will pull us together or disintegrate us as a nation, they can foster unity through their write-ups”.
A call to aim at reputation in all human endeavours was made by Professor Chinyere Okunna, the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, UNIZIK. She noted that the present recession in the country could intensify loss of focus on reputation in business endeavours. She however challenged organizations and Public Relation Officers to stand up to their roles in their organizations “As an enterprise, you must put Public Relations in the centre because media relation is so central in what we do”.
In his vote of thanks, Bishop Hilary Okeke expressed his gratitude to NIPR for finding him worthy of the award of excellence. He also promised to carry on with his mission within the confines of his possibilities. He pledged a continuous support to NIPR in their activities.
While presenting his vote of thanks, one of the awardees, Chief Festinus Kamdikora opted to disagree with the notion of recession as a reality in Nigeria. According to him, ‘recession’ could come in different forms in people’s life but what is more important is what one makes out of it. “We are not in a recession, although we are facing difficulties, what we are into is a state of divine shock aimed at throwing us into positive thinking and re-strategising our general approach to life” he said.
The president of NIPR Anambra chapter, Lady Chinwe Nnedum, expressed her thanks to the awardees and guests to the occasion, with joy that radiated in her face; she indicated that the event was a success.
By Rev. Fr. Martin Onwudiwe