July 15, 2024

Igbogene monarch in Bayelsa unites subjects with NGO

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Ini Billie, Uyo The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has commenced preparations for the hosting of its national Annual General Meeting and elections. State Chairman of NIPR, Elder Manasseh Umoette who said the event would be of immense economic benefit to the state, inaugurated the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) during the weekend for the Nigeria Public Relations Week 2025. Umoette said it would be an opportunity to market the state as a destination, and showcase the hospitality of Akwa Ibom state, and urged the LOC and others members to contribute their quota to the success of the event. "We have what it takes, in terms of personnel who know what to do. Today is a special day, we want to inaugurate the local organising committee for the NIPR week that would be hosted here. That event will bring so much benefit to Akwa Ibom State in terms of economics, I can best you the economy of the state would be stimulated. "2025 is not just going to be an ordinary Annual General meeting, it is going to be an election year. So, all Public Relations practitioners in Nigeria would be coming to Akwa Ibom State for AGM/elections. It speaks to the fact that we would be expecting well over 5,000 delegates to Akwa Ibom. We know the value it would bring to the state economically and otherwise, and it is also an opportunity to market our state," he stated. In his acceptance speech, Chairman of the LOC, Dr Uduak Obot assured that he would, alongside other members leave no stone unturned to ensure that NPRW reflects excellence and professionalism that NIPR stands for. Obot promised to ensure that the event offers a mix of comfort, business, and exclusive ambience for participants, leveraging on technology and the team's expertise, experience and professionalism. "As we embark on this transformative journey, I call upon each member of our esteemed institute to contribute actively. Whether it's through sharing your ideas, volunteering your time, or simply spreading the word, every effort will be invaluable. "I assure you all that I will work diligently to ensure that Nigeria Public Relations Week 2025 will be a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and progress for our profession. Thank you, and I look forward to embarking on this remarkable journey with you all," he stated.

Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa

The Paramount Ruler of Igbogene, Royal Highness Professor Augustine Ikein, has pledged to work closely with the Women Organized for Mentorship and Advocacy Network (WOMAN) and the Eunice Nnachi Women Advocacy Foundation (ENWAF) to address pressing health and social issues in the Igbogene community, Bayelsa.

During a community engagement and advocacy visit, the Executive Director of WOMAN, Lady Eunice Nnachi, highlighted the urgent need to tackle the consequences of cholera outbreak, drug abuse, and the neglect of maternal health in the area.

Nnachi emphasized the importance of improving sanitation and access to clean water to prevent cholera, implementing comprehensive drug abuse prevention and treatment programs, and increasing investment in maternal healthcare services.

In response, the royal father expressed gratitude for WOMAN’s initiative and pledged to collaborate with local authorities, healthcare providers, and community leaders to develop a holistic strategy to address the identified challenges.

He advocated the need for a multifaceted approach that leverages the expertise and resources of various stakeholders to improve the overall well-being of the Igbogene community.

The visit was seen as a crucial step in empowering the community and fostering collaborative efforts to address the pressing health and social issues affecting Igbogene community.

The traditional ruler emphasized the importance of private initiatives like WOMAN and ENWAF in partnering with traditional rulers, the government, and other stakeholders to promote human welfare and collective well-being.

He said, “Both advanced and developing countries, encourage your kind of organisation to partner not only with traditional rulers, the government itself, in an attempt to promote human welfare, but that should also be about governance.

“You cannot leave it alone for the formal government to take all the work. This private initiative is a welcome idea, to add value, promote and create collective welfare.”

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