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Yobe govt. directs all information officers to join NIPR

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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu

 

The Yobe government has directed all Information Officers (IO’s) in the state to enrol in the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) for effective service delivery.

Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, gave the directive when members of the Institute paid him a courtesy visit in Damaturu.

He said the ministry would support the officers to become full members of the NIPR in order to effectively educate the public on government programmes and policies.

“ Since public relations is a management function, the Ministry of Home Affairs Information and Culture will work across board to ensure that practitioners have the support and the recognition they deserve,” Bego said.

The commissioner, a seasoned journalist, pledged to continue to partner with the NIPR to achieve the state government’s information dissemination objectives.

“ You cannot underestimate the importance of public relations in democracy; no government can succeed without public relations,” he said.

In his remarks, Mallam Mohammad Nura, Acting Vice Chairman, state chapter of the NIPR, noted that for almost a decade, dearth of members had prevented the chapter from conducting elections.

He, however, expressed optimism that with Bego as commissioner, more information officers will enrol into the NIPR to benefit from its numerous training and development opportunities.

Nura congratulated the commissioner on his recent appointment and solicited for his co-operation, support and understanding to move the NIPR forward.

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