Info Commissioner Advocates Auditor’s Remuneration As NIPR Holds AGM/Citizens Summit
In appreciation of the excellent Financial Statement and report tendered at the 2022 NIPR AGM/Citizens Summit, the Akwa Ibom commissioner for information and strategy has made a case for the approval of remuneration for the office of the auditor.
Comrade Ini Ememobong stated this in a motion he moved as part of proceedings of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, recently, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, themed: “Reopen Conversation, Rebuild Trust.”
Himself, a professional member and participant at the Conference, Ememobong stated that it was right that remuneration be ratified for the auditor in consideration of the magnitude of work expressed in the excellent financial statement.
“Having looked through the excellent work of the Auditor and having carefully followed the proceedings of the meeting, I, Comrade Ini Ememobong, of the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the NIPR, do hereby move for approval of remuneration for the Auditor. I do so move,” the information commissioner stated.
Ememobong went further to interact and cross-fertilize ideas with participants and delegates to the NIPR Citizens Summit on National Integration, Peace and Security, among them the president and chairman, Council of NIPR, Mallam Mukhtar Zubairu Sarijo; the national president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Chris Iziguzo; the immediate past Rivers State commissioner for information and strategy, Paulinus Nsirim; the immediate past Force PRO, CP Frank Mba and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan of the National Communications Commission.
Declaring open the 2-day Summit, the special guest of honour on the occasion, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had congratulated the Institute for the well planned Summit, he said, would afford all Nigerians the opportunity to fashion out ways of debunking rumours that is injurious to the unity of the people and has become a serious plague in the society.
Along with the chief host and minister of FCT, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, and other great Nigerians in the information sector, including Professor Jerry Gana, the president unveiled the Logo of the Citizens Summit of National Integration for Peace and Security.
In his welcome address, the president and chairman of Council of NIPR, Mallam Mukhtar Zubairu Sarijo, had saidthe Citizens Summit had become expedient to open up discussions with Nigerians towards the rebirth in the nation which is nearing the verge of collapse bedevilled with societal monsters as kidnapping, banditry, Boko Haram, rape, gangsters, etc and called on all to openly air their views for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Keynote addresses and goodwill messages were presented by eminent personalities all geared towards the use of communication for the setting of a foundation for renaissance in the Nigerian nation, with history as a compass to navigate to the desired future of the country.
Notable speakers included Chief Audu Ogbe, OFR, an elder statesman and former minister of agriculture, who spoke on “Nigeria: Where we Missed It, the Need to Rethink and Return”; Barr (Mrs) Adepeju Jaiyeoba, founder, Brown Button Foundation, Lagos, who spoke on “Path to Reinventing Our Nationhood: Framework, Concepts, Solutions and Actions”; while Rev Ladi Thompson, founder, The Macedonia Initiative, presented an address on “Rebuilding Trust: Enabling the Culture and Practice of Non-Violent Communication,” among others.
As part of activities at the Conference, new Fellows were inducted including, Pastor Anietie John Ukpe, director general of Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation, AKBC.
Akwa Ibom participants at the 2022 NIPR AGM/Citizens Summit included the state chairman of NIPR, Mr. Nsemeke Udoakpan and the vice chairman, Mercy Davies as well as the director of Public Relations, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs. Grace Akpan and the director of Strategy, Mr Aniekan Ukpong.