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NIPR to discuss challenges, prospects of CSR at AGM

Chief Keith Richards•Keith Richards to deliver keynote  

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR); the umbrella body of professional Public Relations practitioners chartered to regulate as well as direct its development and the practice, today announced Chief Keith Richards as the Keynote Speaker at this year’s public lecture entitled: Corporate Social Responsibility: Prospects & Challenges in a Growing Economy.

The lecture which is scheduled to hold at the AGIP Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos on Thursday July 23, 2015 will feature the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, RT. Hon Mudashiru Obasa as Special Guest of Honour. Ken Egbas, Managing Director, Tru Contact, a renowned CSR monitoring organisation and assessor and Calixthus Okoruwa, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, XLR8 Limited, a leading Public Relations Consultancy in Nigeria are distinguished Discussants.

Speaking at the pre AGM/PR Week Press Briefing sponsored by Chain Reactions Nigeria, a leading strategy and reputation management consulting firm, Chairman of the Chapter, Joseph Okonmah, said, “The theme was inspired by the desire to focus the Klieg lights on the impact of CSR on national development; to inspire more corporate organisations to embrace sustainable development; stimulate more investment in CSR projects; and educate government to champion the cause of sustainable CSR in Nigeria through appropriate legislation”.

Commenting on the sponsorship, the Chief Strategist, Chain Reactions Nigeria, Mr. Israel Opayemi said his company was motivated by the theme of the 26th AGM/PR Week. ‘‘In recent time, corporate social responsibility has become a subject of debate among stakeholders in the Nigeria corporate environment.

As a result, any company that is worth its salt will want to support initiatives that are aimed to institutionalize the practice. We are very proud to be associated with the theme of the AGM/PR Week of the Lagos State Chapter of NIPR.

As a company, our guiding philosophy has always been the belief that companies which derive benefits and maximise profits from communities should respond to the needs of host communities through strategic philanthropy, environmental protection, and community development,’’ he said.

The annual lecture, part of activities to mark the 26th AGM/Public Relations Week by the Chapter, has evolved into a strategic and resourceful event and is now recognized as a very important forum in Nigeria due to its focus on pertinent national and corporate issues such as corporate governance, leadership, resource management, national reputation and good governance, among others. The activities of the 26th AGM/PR Week will climax with a special Gala Awards Dinner, a Black Tie evening.

The event was inspired by the desire to recognise and reward corporate organisations and individuals for their ground-breaking investment in CSR projects and to encourage more investment in the practice. The Dinner will hold at the Grand Ballroom, The Civic Centre, in Victoria Island, Lagos on July 24, 2015.

Highlight of the Black Tie event include the presentation of Eagle Awards to some corporate bodies whose extraordinary acts of giving, sharing and loving has made a demonstrable difference in host communities or in the lives of specific persons. 26th AGM/Public Relations Week; a week-long, high-calibre event that serves the public relations community, communications professionals and other stakeholders in interesting and impactful ways.

It will start with a special inter-religious prayer for the Institute and the Nation followed by Bassey Koma Memorial Novelty Match between the Chapter and Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) on Saturday July 18, 2015.

Other AGM/PR Week programmes includes Youth Leadership Assembly at the Julius Berger Hall, University of Lagos on Tuesday July 21, 2015 and Social Media Workshop on Wednesday July 22 at Protea Hotel Leadway, Maryland, Lagos. Lagos State Chapter is the flagship of PR practice in Nigeria.

The Annual General Meeting/PR Week offers a wide range of resources for the media, public relations practitioners, communicators and networking opportunities.

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