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Information Minister congratulates new APRA Executives on election

L-R: Arik Karani, President of APRA (Kenya); Dr. Michele Mekeme, Vice-President, (Cameroon); and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Secretary-General (Nigeria), all of the Executive Council of APRA        Photo: DrOmoniyiIbietan

*Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Minister for Information and National Orientation, felicitates the newly-elected Executive Council of the African Public Relations Association, comprising Arik Karani from Kenya as President, Dr. Michele Mekeme from Cameroon as Vice-President, and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan from Nigeria as Secretary-General

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, has felicitated the newly-elected Executive Council of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), elected at the 35th APRA Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM), held May 13- 18, 2024, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Idris, also a Fellow of APRA, acknowledged the significance of the election for the advancement of public relations across Africa.

The Minister said while it is a pivotal moment for APRA, the collective expertise, and leadership of the newly-elected Executive Council would be instrumental in attaining the long-term vision of the association.

Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation

ConsumerConnect reports the new APRA Executive Council comprises Arik Karani from Kenya as President, Dr. Michele Mekeme from Cameroon as Vice-President, and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan from Nigeria as Secretary-General respectively.

Rabiu Ibrahim, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media Saturday, May 18, also stated Alhaji Idris urged the new Executive Council to “continue the trajectory of reforms in APRA.”

He stressed the importance of expanding the democratic space by encouraging greater participation of national public relations institutions across the continent.

The Minister also highlighted the need for inclusivity and collaboration to strengthen the public relations profession in Africa.

Idris further urged the Executive Council of APRA to work closely with the African Union Commission and the Council of Ministers to ensure that public relations remains central to policy formulation, programme execution, and project implementation.

He stated: “Public relations should be at the heart of policy, programmes, and project implementation.”

The Minister for Information and National Orientation as well extended his personal salutations to Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, Head of Media Relations at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on his emergence as the Secretary-General of APRA.

Idris said: “Dr. Ibietan is a thoroughbred journalist, public relations expert and author, who is expected to bring his enormous wealth of experience to bear on APRA positively.”

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