Information Minister Congratulates New APRA Executive

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The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has felicitated with the new executive council of the African Public Relations Association (APRA) elected at the 35th APRA annual conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from May 13 to 18, 2024.

Mohammed Idris, also a Fellow of APRA, acknowledged the significance of the election for the advancement of public relations across Africa, adding that while it is a pivotal moment for APRA, the collective expertise and leadership of the new council would be instrumental in attaining the long-term vision of the association.

The new APRA executive council comprises Arik Karani from Kenya as president, Dr. Michele Mekeme from Cameroon as vice president and Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan from Nigeria as secretary-general.

Idris urged the new executive to continue the trajectory of reforms in APRA, stressing the importance of expanding the democratic space by encouraging greater participation of national public relations institutions across the continent.

He highlighted the need for inclusivity and collaboration to strengthen the public relations profession in Africa.

He urged the executive council to work closely with the African Union Commission and the Council of Ministers to ensure that public relations remains central to policy formulation, programme execution and project implementation. “Public relations should be at the heart of policy, programs, and project implementation,” he stated.


He further extended his salutations to Dr. Omoniyi Ibietan, the head of media relations at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on his emergence as the Secretary-General of the African Public Relations Association (APRA).


“Dr. Ibietan is a thoroughbred journalist, public relations expert, and author, who is expected to bring his enormous wealth of experience to bear on APRA positively,” Idris said.

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