Rivers Chapter Of NIPR Holds OB Fubara Memorial Lecture, AGM

 

(By Silas Tamuno) – Thursday, 15 December, 2022,  would  remain a day to remember for a long time among members of the  Rivers State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR,  when they gathered at the Nigerian Bar Association Hall in Port Harcourt for  Sir Alabo Olu Benibo Fubara Memorial Gold Paper Lecture/Annual General Meeting.

 

In his welcome address before  the lecture with the theme: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in Community Relations: Concept and Perception in the Niger Delta’, the chairman of NIPR, Rivers State chapter, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, appreciated God for the opportunity  to celebrate an icon, who lived an impactful life on Earth.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, His Royal Majesty,  King Disrael Gbobo Bob – Manuel 11, disclosed that  he had known Chief O. B. Fubara for about fifty years, and that  he  lived a life worthy of emulation.

 

In his  Gold Paper Lecture on the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Community Relations,  Chief (Dr) Chris Biriowu, who is also the  Chairman of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA,  Rivers State chapter  explained that  community relations is a sub – set of Public Relations.

 

 

He further disclosed that the idea was  to use Public Relations  skills to improve relations  between business organizations and host communities for the benefit of the stake holders.

 

Highlights of the event included  award presentation to NIPRESA members  who participated in the OB Fubara Essay Competition  where Aniete John Paul came tops, while the second position went to Aka Stella, and the third to Sharon Ekeke.

 

Other features of the event included an inspiring presentation by  the Creative Dancers of Port Harcourt, who  entertained the audience with spoken poetry and traditional waist dance; Annual General Meeting and End of Year Dinner.

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