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NPF restates commitment to comply with extant laws

• As PR professionals laud IGP for upholding NIPR Act, PR tenet

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) led by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has restated its commitment to comply with the laws governing the country.

According to a statement on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP gave the assurance following a commendation from Public Relations professionals.

He reiterated his policy of putting round pegs in round holes, a basis, he said gives resounding success in every sphere of the police, especially in specialized sections such as Accounts, Medical, Air-wing, Engineering, and ICT, among others.

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), had in a letter dated April 27, 2022, circulated by the National President and Chairman of the Council that was received from its Abuja Chapter and signed by the Chairman, Mrs Maryam Sanusi, lauded the IGP for his compliance with the provisions of the NIPR Act, CAP N114, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, that only qualified and certified members of the Institute shall be appointed spokespersons of organizations in both private and public sectors.

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NIPR specifically commended the IGP for the re-appointment of the former Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, on the assumption of duty as the 21st Indigenous IGP, and the appointment of his successor, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who are both members of the NIPR and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), in line with the provisions of the NIPR Act.

The PR professionals also hailed the IGP for the establishment of the Nigeria Police Public Relations School, which will soon be commissioned.

“His zeal towards public relations development in the Police and nationwide cannot be overemphasized,” the letter stated.

IGP Baba equally received the assurances and readiness of the NIPR to partner with, and offer professional assistance, where necessary, to the Force Public Relations Officer towards achieving the set organizational goals of the Force.

The professional body decried the gross violation of its Act by some Institutions and Agencies that appoint public relations officers that are not NIPR certified.

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