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NIPR President, Dr Ike Neliaku and Dr Chijioke Ukadike, Rivers Port Spokesperson

Finalist, Ukadike commends organisers of NIPR Spokespersons Awards

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By Emmanuel Afonne

Dr Chijioke Ukadike, Head Corporate and Strategic Communications, Rivers Port Complex, Nigerian Ports Authority, has commended the leadership of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) for successfully hosting the maiden National Spokespersons Awards.

Ukadike spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the awards night which held recently in Abuja.

“The event met all the variables of an international award.’’

Ukadike said that the attendance of the Special Guest of Honour and keynote Speaker, Vice President Kashim Shettima, represented by his Senior Special Adviser (SSA) Media and Communication, Mr Stanley Nkwocha, gave the event the mileage it deserved.

Ukadike, who emerged as one of the top three finalists in two categories of the awards, said NIPR took the right step in organising the summit aimed at changing the narratives for Nigeria.

“In the broader context, this initiative introduced by NIPR and its collaborators will serve as a catalyst for advancing the standards of Public Relations practice in Nigeria.

“By showcasing the exemplary work of communication professionals, the National Spokespersons Awards will inspire future generations to strive for excellence, drive positive change and ensure transformation within their respective spheres of influence.

“I congratulate all the winners and hoping that this maiden edition will spur spokespersons to be on top of their game,’’ he said.

Amidst stiff competition at the ceremony, Ukadike was acknowledged alongside other top contenders, though the ultimate victory in the Spokespersons Gold Award for Public Sector (Federal) category went to Maryam Sanusi of FERMA.

He was also the runners-up in the Distinguished Spokesperson Award for Environmental Sustainability category.

The category was won by Dr Jossy Nwakocha of Indorama, Eleme Petrochemical, following rigorous selection process that sifted through 221 nominations.

Under the overarching theme “Change Narrative, Change Society,” the event gathered luminaries from diverse sectors to celebrate the eloquence, integrity, and effectiveness of communication stalwarts nationwide.

According to the organisers, the Spokespersons Awards is the highest honours, celebrating outstanding spokespersons in corporate communications, public affairs, politics, media, advocacy, and other domains in Nigeria who have demonstrated outstanding eloquence, integrity and effectiveness in their communication roles.

The Awards event, which was an integral component of the National Spokespersons Summit, was unveiled by Alhaji Mohammed Malagi, the Minister of Information and National Orientation.

The summit also had in attendance the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr Dele Alake and other dignitaries including, Commissioners of Information from various states.

Also in attendance were the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Media to the Senate President, spokespersons to various state governors, heads of corporate communications in both public and private organisations as well as spokespersons of security agencies.

NAN also reports that winners emerged in about 25 categories of the awards including Olufemi Soneye, Spokesperson of the NNPC Ltd., who emerged as the Distinguished Spokesperson in Oil and Gas.

Others were Peter Afunaya of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Eseme Eyibo, who won the Distinguished Spokesperson in Crisis Management and Outstanding Spokesperson Award (Legislature) respectively. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Chijioke Okoronkwo

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