AN ADDRESS DELIVERED
MR. AKANYO, J. ZIPAMO, MNIPR
CHAIRMAN OF NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (NIPR), BAYELSA STATE CHAPTER AT THE 2013 PUBLIC RELATIONS CONFERENCE/AGM TAKING PLACE AT THE NUJ PRESS CENTRE, EKEKI,-YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE ON JULY 16, 2013.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I welcome all guests and participants to our 2013 Public Relations Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM).
As I welcome you, I am delighted to inform you that the Public Relations Conference aspect of our 2013 AGM is an introductory key activity of the NIPR Bayelsa State Chapter meant to improve relationship around us.
Because we long to make it an annual prelude to our AGM, we have therefore taken utmost care to package this one. More so that we believe no time could have been more apt to organize a conference with so much focus as we have at this time.
A lot of developments have come up in Bayelsa State of recent. But there are still several challenges at individual, corporate or even state levels, and we seem to be running out of perfect way of surmounting them.
This is more worrisome when we look around and see that we have the men and women, materials and money. The disconnect being our ability to put together our resources. This therefore calls for extra efforts so that our activities can yield fruits of development in our society.
Since the missing link is neither men nor materials, the institute decided to diagnose the problem, and came with the fact that relationship as key is missing, and has made it difficult to galvanize men and women, money and material.
The NIPR has continuously looked at appropriate ways to narrow this Public Relations gap between the people and the society and perhaps between the people and Government to be more direct.
The NIPR, Bayelsa State Chapter, therefore decided to champion improvements in our Public Relations as a way of thrusting up interest in happenings around us to improve our thinking and understanding.
There is no doubt that the Bayelsa State Government has carried out, and is still carrying out massive restoration work in various spheres of the people’s lives. Nonetheless, some key issues rest in how the people receive this, how they perceive the Government and how they contribute. This thinking is more paramount as the people have rather lost hope in certain Government statements they now consider as recurring decimals.
This apparently provides the gap that the Public Relations Profession has to fill. As practitioners in the process, we have decided to use this medium to contribute our quota through Public Relations Workshops and Conferences to improve ourselves and around us.
It is on this premise that I humbly welcome every one of us seated in this hall to this programme. We should see ourselves as selected few that would make the difference in this state. We have carefully selected our speakers so that we have fluid delivery that would make impact in our lives.
Once again I say welcome.
I thank you for your kind attention and may God bless our collective efforts