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NIPR's tensed national election ends in good mood

 _• Ike Neliaku wins

• Nkechi Ali-Balogun congratulates as Omenugha raises hope for NIPR_ 

 The newly elected President of NIPR, Dr. Ike Neliaku was erroneously referred to as a former Chairman of Anambra State chapter of NIPR.  Nkechi Ali-Balogun to emerge the body's national president, marking a healthy end to an intense bid for the position.

Capping the event  which was a key part of the annual general meeting of the body held in the  Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, last Thursday ended in good mood and high hopes for NIPR, the former chairman of Lagos State chapter of the body and very popular practitioner, Mrs. Ali-Balogun warmly congratulated the winner, Dr. Neliaku (former chairman of Anambra State chapter), the newly elected vice president, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura and the new Governing Council of NIPR.

A statement issued by Mrs. Ali-Balogun's camp on Friday, urged the Neliaku leadership to forge ahead and lead NIPR beyond it's current crossroads.

Towards that Ali-Balogun urged members of the NIPR to unite behind Neliaku and the council members.

Her words: “Having participated in this keenly contested Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) National Governing Council elections but with an outcome that did not go my way, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the brilliant minds chosen to lead the Institute into a new era.

“I greet my worthy co-contestant Dr. Ike Neliaku, his Vice Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, and of course all members of the newly elected Council. I celebrate you.

“For me, this election was more than just a process. It was a testament to the unwavering passion of remarkable individuals to better our noble profession. It was a strong commitment to the NIPR’s growth and evolution.

“Even in defeat, I stand bowed but not cowed. My heart swells with pride as I thank all my professional colleagues, for your support and goodwill even if you did not vote for me.

“The elections have come and gone but the NIPR will not just remain but remain stronger. I urge us all to unite behind the new leadership.

“To our newly elected President, Vice President and the entire Governing Council you carry a monumental responsibility. NIPR is at a crossroad and It is incumbent upon you to build upon the foundation laid by previous administrations.

“I have implicit faith in your leadership, and I firmly believe that your expertise and dedication will re-mould the destiny of the NIPR and redefine the landscape of public relations in our beloved country, Nigeria.

“For those who specifically supported my ambition, my heart brims with gratitude.”

She restated her unwavering commitment to the NIPR’s growth thusly: “I look ahead with unwavering determination to continue contributing to this noble cause in various capacities. The flame of professionalism within the field of public relations in me shall burn even brighter than ever before. I welcome us all to a ‘new day!’” 

Immediate past Commissioner for Education of Anambra State, the veteran Mass Communications don, Prof. Kate Omenugha, who was elected into the governing council of NIPR also expressed her appreciation for the support she got and pledged to work keenly for the advancement of the body across Nigeria.

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