The immediate past President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Dr. Rotimi Oladele, has officially handed over to the new President, Malam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo.
The handing over ceremony took place on Thursday at the Radio House Press Centre in Abuja.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, inaugurated the 22-member Council led by Sirajo before Oladele officially handed over.
The Institute is run by a 22-member Governing Council made up of 17 elected members and five nominees of the Federal Government.
The newly elected members of Council of Institute include the President and Chairman of Council, Mukhtar Sirajo – Kaduna; and Vice President, Adewale Adeniyi – Osun.
Others: Ethel Agbeyegbe – Lagos; Nkechi Ali-Balogun – Lagos; Samuel Oseloka – Rivers; Ibrahim Mohammed – Adamawa; Ohaeri Osondu – FCT; Chinkwe Ikenyi – Abia; Kabiru Aminu Garba – Bauchi; B.A.C. Obiefuna – Anambra; Haroun Audu – Plateau; Akin Ricketts – Cross River; Raphael Abimbola – Ondo; Sule Yau Sule – Kano; Joseph Fanafa – Benue; Emmanuel Dandaura – Nasarawa; and Obot Udoette – Akwa Ibom.
The government nominees are Hajiya Maryam Isa Mele, Alhaji Bola Osifeso, Donald Awunah, Peter Dama and Timothy Oyedeji.
Also elected is Comptroller of Customs Wale Adeniyi as Vice President alongside 15 other members of the Governing Council of the Institute.
Sirajo had served seven different governors of Kaduna State, both military and civilian, as Chief Press Secretary, Special Adviser and Director General (Media and Publicity) between 1992 and 2007.
He had served as Vice President of the Institute from 2013 to 2018.