… Commends IGP’s strict compliance with the NIPR Act
By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has been praised for adhering to the principles of public relations practice.
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), in a letter previously circulated by the National President and Chairman of the Council of the Council, as well as letter no. NIPR/FCT/NPF/22/218 of April 27and2022, received from its Abuja Chapter and signed by the President, Mrs. Maryam M. Sanusi, mnipr, commended the IGP for complying with the provisions of the NIPR Act, was CAP N114, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 , that only qualified and certified members of the Institute be appointed as spokespersons for organizations in the private and public sectors.
This was in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made available to Sundiata Post.
The group specifically commended the IGP for the reappointment of former Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, when he took office as 21st Indigenous IGP, and the appointment of his successor, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, both members of the NIPR and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), in accordance with the provisions of the NIPR Act; and the establishment of the Nigeria Police School of Public Relations, which will soon be operational. “His zeal for the development of public relations in the police and nationally cannot be overstated” – claimed the PR experts.
The IGP has also received the assurances and willingness of the NIPR to partner and offer professional assistance, if required, to the Force Public Relations Officer to achieve the stated organizational goals of the Force. The professional body has denounced the flagrant violation of its law by certain institutions and agencies that appoint public relations officers who are not NIPR certified.
However, the Inspector General of Police has consistently underlined his administration’s commitment to absolute compliance with the laws in force in the country. He reiterated his policy of putting round pegs in round holes, the basis of resounding success in all spheres of the police, especially in specialized sections such as accounting, medicine, aviation, engineering, computer science, etc.