AheadÂ of the Annual General Elections and Congress of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), a two-time chairman of the Kaduna state chapterÂ NIPR, Yusuf Muhammad, has called on members to ensure that only responsible and credible leadership emerge.
The Instituteâ€™s AGM, which will also serve as a platform for elections into the Council, is scheduled for Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, on November 30th through December 2nd, 2009.
Muhammad, a candidate for the post of the NIPRâ€™s presidency, encouraged members to ensure that the next Council was made up of experienced, dedicated and committed persons that could move the Institute forward.
â€œWe must establish the antecedents of those who want our votes and ensure that they are not persons who simply want to use the Council to enhance their Curriculum Vitaes(CVs.) instead of serving the Institute,â€ Muhammad said.
Highlighting his plans of actions for the Institute, Muhammad said that he was ready to improve the visibility of the Institute and enhance its professional standing, respect and acceptability across the country.
Furthermore, he said that all the state chapters would be integrated in the running of the Institute as a means of ensuring national relevance and mobilisations of individual members. While, establishing a financial bouyant Institute capable of meeting both its national and international obligations.
Emphasing the need for professionalism, Muhammad, also a Fellow of the Institute, said that he would establish a training programme that would meet the needs of the country and promote the career expectations of members of NIPR.
He said that the creation of a strong NIPR presence in the Federal Capital Territiory has become imperative in order to bring the Institute closer to the three arms of the Federal Government as a prelude to enforcing the provisions of the NIPR Act nationwide that would eliminate quackery in the nationâ€™s PR practice.