Nwakanma Becomes PRCAN President, Aims to Reposition Association
The 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) which held last Friday has produced a new executive council led by Chido Nwakanma, Managing Director, Blueflower, as President. The new exco is expected to lead the association for the next two years.
The AGM featured practitioners with a burning desire to reposition the association and the practice of PR in Nigeria.
In the AGM deliberations, three key motions were moved and unanimously adopted by members. These include setting up a committee to look into standardizing the future of PRCAN like other professional associations in Nigeria; a second committee was set up to market PRCAN to government agencies, corporate organisations and NGOs while the third resolution set up a committee to look into the future of PR practice in Nigeria and the effect of globalization. The motions were moved by Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, CMC Connect; Ehi Braimah, Neo Media & Marketing and Dr. Mike Nwanze respectively.
The interim electoral committee led by Ehi Braimoh revealed that as at the close of nominations, all the offices had one nomination each with the exception of the office of the treasurer, which had no nomination. The five nominees were therefore announced elected unopposed while the new executive will conduct a bye election for the office of the treasurer.
Apart from Mr. Nwakanma elected as the new President, other officers elected unopposed include John Ehiguese, CEO, Mediacraft (Vice President), Muyiwa Akintunde, CEO, LEAP Communications, (Secretary General), Adetola Olusola, CMC Connect (Assistant Secretary General) and Israel Jaiye-Opayemi, Chain Reaction (Public Relations Secretary)
In his inaugural presentation as President, Chido Nwakama, pointed out “serving PRCAN is a labour of love and self denial, which is the main reason why people are not ready to commit themselves to the association because there are no immediate benefits”.
The new President declared that the new exco will work to reposition PRCAN and take it to the acme of perfection so that people will tussle to serve in the nearest future. The new exco according to the President, will focus on four cardinal points namely: advocacy, professionalism, structure/administration and capacity building.
“We will consolidate on the work of the past executive especially in training. Our PR master class is growing into a strong capacity building brand because of the involvement of members as facilitators”, revealed the President promising to deliever at least six workshops annually.
The president unveiled a new tag line – “Bigger and better”- to guide the new course of the association. He therefore urged practitioners to get involved in order to take PRCAN to the next level.
Earlier in his address before the dissolution of the immediate past executive, Dr. Phil Osagie, immediate past PRCAN President, expressed joy for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of president. He stated that “the success of the executive for the past two years is the result of an interwoven spirit and a dynamic team work”.
Dr. Osagie disclosed that “the administration in the last two years was based on 3-points agenda; training and masters class series, team work/membership expansion and direction/future”. For him, the best way to predict the future is to invent it. On that note, he reaffirmed that it has been very well in the house of PRCAN.