Police Reforms: IGP meets with Police Spokespersons in Enugu

The Inspector General of Police, M.A. Adamu, today, 15th December, 2020 met with Police Public Relations Officers from across the Country to mark the commencement of a 4-day Intensive Capacity Building Workshop for Police Spokespersons holding in Enugu between 15th & 18th, December, 2020.

The Workshop tagged “Crisis Management and Law Enforcement; the role of Police Spokespersons” was declared open by the Executive Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as part of the ongoing reforms of the Force to evolve a more people-friendly, professional and human rights compliant Police Force.

According to the IGP, the Workshop will, amongst other things, avail the Police PR Managers the opportunity to review the two major unfortunate events in the year, 2020 – the outbreak of the COVID-19 National Health Emergency, and the ENDSARS protests and the violence that ensued therefrom, in some parts of the Country – and come up with best practices and improved strategic communication tools to manage similar crises in future.

The IGP, while thanking the Governor and people of Enugu State for hosting the programme, notes that the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and other carefully selected Public Relations/Communications Experts will function as the Faculty Directors for the Workshop.

He notes further that the NIPR will also organize an accelerated Master Class/Induction Course for the PPROs who are not yet registered members of the Institute, to ensure full compliance with the NIPR Act, CAP N114, LFN 2004 which criminalises engaging in Public Relations activities without licensing by the NIPR.

In his keynote address, the Governor commended the IGP for his initiative on the Workshop and the ongoing reforms directed at addressing the agitations of the Nigerian people for a Police Force that is responsive and respects the rights of the citizenry. He enjoined the course participants to maximize the opportunity the Workshop provides to network, peer review and cross fertilize ideas with the experts so as to sharpen and broaden their PR skills and knowledge for better service delivery to the Police Force and the nation at large.

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