By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Mr Israel Jaiye Opayemi, Managing Director/Chief Strategist of Chain Reactions Nigeria, one of the country’s leading Public Relations and Integrated Communications Consulting Firms and the Exclusive Nigerian Affiliate and Preferred West Africa’s Partner of Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm with presence in 65 countries across the globe, has won the ‘PR Practitioner of the Year’ at the 2018 edition of the Lagos PR Industry Gala Awards (LaPRIGA).
Mr Opayemi was named winner of the prestigious award category during the award ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, December 20, 2018, organised by the flagship Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
Commenting on the honour, Mr Opayemi dedicated the award to God and to his team of ‘creative rebels’, and said the award was a motivation for him and the team to improve on the great work Chain Reactions Nigeria has been doing.
“This is not just a recognition award; you have challenged me and my team tonight. And let me say before this circle of professionals that, we will continue to raise the bar of excellence. We will bring more honours to this great profession in our own lifetime”, he enthused.
He thanked the Lagos State Chapter of NIPR for the award, and commended LaPRIGA as a great initiative that promotes professional excellence amongst PR practitioners in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the National President of NIPR, Muktar Sirajo, described LaPRIGA as one of the creative ways to keep PR practitioners on their toes while encouraging more PR professionals to aspire for excellence by ensuring they approach their works in a competitive manner.
He also revealed that the national leadership of NIPR was intensifying the fight against quackery as part of steps to ensuring standards and professionalism in the industry.
“The fight against quackery in the profession is still on. We don’t want to make a lot of noise about that because we don’t want to give away our strategy. But we are on top of it and very soon, we intend to visit the Attorney – General of the Federation who is mandated by the law to set up a tribunal to try people found to be practising Public Relations without licensing by the institute”, he stated.
Also speaking, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, said Public Relations is a very important tool for the Lagos State Government to effectively communicate its policies and programmes to the residents of the state and other stakeholders.
“It is always a real challenge every time when we have to convince over 20 million people to buy into our policies. I believe tonight, through the awards, we will see those whose experiments have worked so well that you can learn a few tricks and then try and use one or two in packaging our own policies in government”, he said.
Present at the occasion were the Vice President of NIPR, Comptroller Adeniyi Adewale; President of African Public Relations Association (APRA), Yomi Badejo-Okusanya; Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier – General John Agim; NIPR Council Member, Mrs. Nkechi Alli-Balogun; former NIPR President, Mazi Mike Okereke; pioneer Registrar of NIPR, Dr. Adekunle Salu, President of Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN), John Ehiguese; a Fellow of NIPR and distinguished academia, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye of the Univesrity of Lagos and Dr. Fassy Yusuf amongst others. Mr Opayemi’s Chain Reactions Nigeria was named the ‘Best Reputation Management Consulting Firm in West Africa’ at the 7th edition of the Nigeria Brand Awards 2017 organised by International Brand Award Nominees in the keenly contested Gold Category award that featured two leading Ghanaian agencies: Insel Communications Ltd and GMA Communications Inc.
Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President
By Adedapo Adesanya
The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.
Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.
In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.
However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.
“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.
“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.
“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.
Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.
The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.
Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.
The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.
Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.
There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.
He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.
According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.
“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.
“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.
N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.
He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.
In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”
“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.
The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.
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