ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR has At the 2022 Annual General Meeting, elected a new set of leadership to run the affairs of the institute for the next two years.
The new executive was elected during the Institutes 2022 Annual General Meeting Public Lecture held in Orchid Hotels Asaba on Thursday June 30, 2022.
This year’s public lecture focused on the theme: Transforming Leadership-A Vision For Sustainable Future, and was delivered by Professor Robert Oghenedoro Dode, of the Osadeby University, Anwai-Asaba.
The election was done immediately after the public lecture, and was supervised by the Registrar of the Institute, Mr Yeku Kayode, after the dissolution of the past executive led by Mr. Patrick Ukah.
With the election, the state chapter now have 10 executive members headed by Godfrey Osakwe as the Chairman, Florence Nwabuonwu Vice-Chairman, Emmanuel Enebeli, Secretary, Ese Obote-Ogwu as the Assistant Secretary, Joy Ochei as the Public Relation Executive, Isaac Ogerugba as the Financial Secretary, Shedrack Onitsha, Internal Auditor, Gertrude Onyekachuku-Uteh Treasurer, Stella Lucky Sanu and Odememezue Onyiyechi ex-Officials.
The new chairman Mr Godfrey Osakwe in his acceptance speech promised to run an open administration that will be focused on the objectives of the institute.
Meanwhile Stakeholders at this year’s lecture had called for a leadership system in Nigeria that will have future development of the country in mind, away from what it’s being presently practiced in the country.
Discussing issue of leadership in Nigeria, the lead Speaker, Professor Robert Oghenedoro Dode, of the Dennis Osadeby University, Anwai-Asaba gave some of the leadership challenges towards sustainable future in Nigeria as unskilled leadership, corruption, political godfatherism, which has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society.
He said there was need for sound ethical leadership which was rooted in respect and justice and noted that leadership at all levels most be firm developers with positive managerial principles that will address the collective agenda of problems confronting the country
The National President, Nigerian Institute Public Relations, Mallam Mukahtar Sirajo represented by the Registrar of the Institute, Mr Yeku Kayode said good leadership is to be focused on the need for all to leave a life worthy of emulation stressing that good leadership style begins with everyone.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Delta State Chapter, and Secretary to the Delta State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah represented by the Vice Chairman of Mr. Godfrey Osakwe extolled the leadership style of the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, describing him as a man with uncommon leadership qualities which had transformed the state at all levels of human endeavour.
According to him, Governor Okowa has exhibited his leadership potentials in the areas of development, management of corporate and national reputation as well as good governance was key to his administration.
He therefore stressed the need for the conference to change the narrative and bring the needed change capable of grooming visionary and creative leadership for the reconstruction of national echos.
The various discussants bared their mind on the way forward for transformational leadership for Nigeria.