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Staff members of NNPC Ltd. with Mrs Oluwakemi Olumuyiwa, the Head, Relationship & Stakeholder Management of NNPC Ltd., receiving the award on behalf of Mr Olufemi Soneye, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd., who bagged the 2024 Distinguished Spokesperson Award in Oil & Gas at the Spokespersons Summit in Abuja Awards

NNPC image-maker, Soneye, others bag inaugural NIPR Spokespersons Awards

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By Emmanuel Afonne

Mr Olufemi Soneye, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd., has bagged the 2024 Distinguished Spokesperson Award in Oil and Gas.

The award was conferred on him by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) on Wednesday night at the inaugural National Spokespersons Award 2024.

Soneye bagged the award in recognition of his amazing work of managing the image of Africa’s largest oil and gas company, NNPC Ltd.

The NNPC Ltd.’s spokesperson who was represented at the awards by Mrs Oluwakemi Olumuyiwa, the Head, Relationship and Stakeholder Management of the Company dedicated the award to the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of NNPC Ltd., Mr Mele Kyari.

“The GCEO’s unwavering support and guidance is instrumental to shaping my role as a Spokesperson.’’

He also extended his appreciation to the entire corporate communications team for their collaborative efforts and dedication to excellence.

“This award is for the whole team and it will serve as motivation to continue striving for excellence in representing NNPC Ltd., the sector and upholding the highest standards of communication,” Soneye said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Spokespersons’ Awards is the highest honours celebrating Nigeria’s outstanding spokespersons who have demonstrated outstanding eloquence, integrity and effectiveness in their roles as spokespeople.

The event also saw no fewer than 25 other spokespersons from government and private organisations, conferred with different categories of awards.

They are Mr Peter Afunaya of the Department of State Services (DSS), who was conferred with the Distinguished Spokesperson in Crisis Management and Brig.- Gen. Tukur Gusau of the Defence Headquarters, who was conferred with Outstanding Military Spokesperson Award.

Others include Hakama Sidi Ali of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who was awarded Distinguished Spokesperson in Financial Service and Reuben Muoka of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), who bagged the Distinguished Spokesperson in Technology.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was awarded the Excellence in Regulatory Compliance, while their Spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada, won the overall Spokespersons Award.

Abdullahi Maiwada, Spokesperson Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), receiving his award
Abdullahi Maiwada, Spokesperson Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), receiving his award

Earlier in his welcome address, President of NIPR, Ike Neliaku, said the award was designed for spokespersons to shine and be acknowledged for their work on a national platform by the institute.

He urged the winners to continue to project their organisations and the country in general in good light, to ensure they achieve the target of the summit’s theme which is “Change Narratives, Change Society.’’

The summit was organised in partnership with Image Merchants Promotion Limited, publishers of Spokespersons Digest.

NAN also reports that there were no fewer than 25 categories of award among which were corporate communications, public affairs, politics, media, advocacy, security, financial services, legislature, Judiciary and other domains in Nigeria.

The National Spokespersons Awards was part of the National Spokespersons Summit which held on March 26 and March 27.

It was unveiled by Alhaji Idris Malagi, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, to change the narratives and reposition the nation’s reputation. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Chijioke Okoronkwo

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