Awka – The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has charged Police Public Relations Officers across the country to come up with best practices and improved strategic communication tools to manage crisis situations in future.
The IGP was speaking at a ceremony to mark the commencement of a 4-day Intensive Capacity Building Workshop for Police Spokespersons holding in Enugu.
The Workshop tagged “Crisis Management and Law Enforcement; the role of Police Spokespersons” is part of the ongoing reforms of the Force to evolve a more people-friendly, professional and human rights compliant Police Force.
The workshop attracted all Police Public Relations Officers of the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Also in attendance at the Opening Ceremony were DIG Celestine Okoye, Coordinating Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of South-East, AIG Dan-Mallam Mohammed, AIG Zone-13 Headquarters, AIG FCID Annex Enugu, Fimihan Adeoye, Commissioners of Police in-charge of Anambra State, CP John Abang and Enugu State, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, President and Chairman of Council, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Mukhtar Sirajo and his team, Dr. Ngozi Ulogu of the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and Mike Dada, Lead Strategist/CEO PRM Africa.
According to IGP Adamu, the Workshop will avail the Police PR managers, the opportunity to review the two major unfortunate events in the year, 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 National Health Emergency, and the ENDSARS protests and the violence that ensued therefrom.
He said the review will enable them to come up with best practices and improved strategic communication tools to manage similar crises in future.
“I want to thank the Governor and people of Enugu State for hosting the programme. We have engaged the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and other carefully selected Public Relations/Communications Experts to direct the Workshop. We are also working with the NIPR to organize an accelerated Master Class/Induction Course for the PPROs who are not yet registered members of the Institute, to ensure full compliance with the NIPR Act, CAP N114, LFN 2004 which criminalises engaging in Public Relations activities without licensing by the NIPR,” he revealed.
Declaring the workshop open, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi commended the IGP for the workshop initiative and the ongoing reforms directed at addressing the agitations of the Nigerian people for a Police Force that is responsive and respects the rights of the citizenry.
“I want to implore all the course participants to maximize the opportunity the Workshop provides to network, peer review and cross fertilize ideas with the experts so as to sharpen and broaden their PR skills and knowledge for better service delivery to the Police Force and the nation at large,” the governor said.