The president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele, has called on governments at all levels to engage certified public relations practitioners for effective communication, relationship and reputation management.
Speaking at the 4th Lagos NIPR Stakeholders’ Conference, held at the Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, Tuesday August 29, with the theme “Media, Communication and the Challenge of Quality Education for National Development”, he added that such move will help eschew violence which may arise if the menace of hate speech syndrome is not curbed drastically. According to him, “all public relations practitioners need to use their professional skill to wage war against hate speech, the monster which has recently emerged as a plague against civility, peace cohabitation and unity of Nigeria”.
The president, who was represented at the conference by Brig. General John Agim, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information, while commending the Lagos Chapter of NIPR for sustaining the Stakeholders’ conference initiative, also noted that “the conference series, fosters interaction among stakeholders in the corporate existence of our great nation, Nigeria”, adding that “the unity of our great nation is not negotiable, as what binds us together is far greater and stronger than what divides us.”