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Nigeria: Public Relations Consultants get new President

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Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN)  has elected Dr. Phil Osagie, as its new President to step into the shoes of Mr Nn’emeka Maduegbuna, who had led the professional association in the last eight years.

Also elected during the recent Annual General Meeting in Lagos were Mr Chido Nwakanma, Vice President; Mr John Ehiguese, Secretary-General; Mr. Muyiwa Akintunde, Assistant Secretary-General. However, Maduegbuna remains in the Executive Council as Ex-Officio by virtue of his being the immediate past president.

The new Exco has been mandated to fill the vacant positions of Publicity Secretary, Treasurer and one Ex-Officio member.

The new PRCAN President, Osagie is the Head Strategist of JSP Communications. Nwakanma, who is the CEO of Blueflower Limited, served as PRCAN Treasurer until his election as Vice President. Ehiguese is the CEO of Mediacraft Associates, while Akintunde is the Executive Director of MarketingMix Limited. Maduegbuna is the Chairman/CEO of C&F Porter Novelli.

The well organised election, which formed an aspect of the association’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos, was conducted by a two-man team comprising Mike Obiajulu Meze, CEO of Winning Concept, and Bolaji Okusaga, Lead Consultant, The Quadrant Company.

In his presentation to the AGM, Maduegbuna highlighted the milestones of the last eight years which included capacity development, affiliation with relevant international groups and publication of the association’s journal.

Members commended Maduegbuna for committing his resources and time to establish a solid foundation for the growth of the association.

In his acceptance speech, Osagie, commended the sacrifice and giant strides of the immediate past executive council, and pledged to build on that solid foundation. He further said: “We will develop and execute the existing fantastic ideas initiated by the immediate executive. We will take our time and articulate a strategy and vision that will raise the standard and image of the association.

“The priority will be to enhance the visibility and stature of PRCAN as well as deepen the intellectual base of its members. In this new knowledge economy, public relations consultants must be at the cutting edge of knowledge and new learning, so they can be better positioned to apply creative and well thought out solutions to their clients,” he said.

He then encouraged members to demonstrate more commitment in the drive to take PRCAN to a higher level.