In a keenly-contested public relations project organised by a leading maritime newspaper, MMS Plus Weekly, Hajia Lami Tumaka of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Assistant Comptroller Pini Bomadi of Area 1 Customs Command Apapa; and Olusegun Adesanya of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Tin-Can Island Port, Lagos, have all emerged winners in the various categories of the exercise.
According to the result, released by the management of MMS Plus Weekly in conjunction with the panel of judges made up of Managing Director, Necci Consult PR. Lagos, Mrs. Nkechi Alli-Balogun; Managing Partner, Trucontact PR, Ken Egbas, and Editor, Media Business, Business Day Newspaper, Mr. Daniel Obi, the exercise was classified into three categories.
The categories comprised National Institutions’ PROs; Customs Commands’ PROs and NPA Ports’ PROs, while ten key criteria were used as the conditions and bases for assessing performances.
The key criteria used are creativity, media relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), community relations and internal relations. Others include branding, social media, stakeholders' management, website and crisis Management.
In the category of National Institutions PROs involving nine contestants, Tumaka of NIMASA emerged the overall winner with a total score of 31 points to beat her close rival, Chief Michael Ajayi of NPA who came second with 28 points; while Mr. Wale Adeniyi of NCS came third with 19 points. Mr. Siddi Mkpandiok of MAN, Oron came last in that category with 8 points.
In another category of Customs Commands PROs, involving nine contestants also, Assistant Bomadi of NCS, Apapa Area 1 emerged the overall winner in that category with a total of 21 points. While Mr. Steve Okonmah of PTML came second with 16 points, Mr. Chris Osunkwo of Tin Can Island Port, Apapa Command scored fifteen 15 points to clinch the third position.
While Mr. Ernest Olottah of Seme Border Command carried last in that category with just 8 points, Charles Agommuo of Lilypond and Amadi Ndidi of KLT struggled for the second to the last position with just 9 points each
In the final category involving NPA Ports' PROs where only three persons contested, Mr. Olusegun Adesanya of Tin Can Island Port came first with 18 points; Mrs. Kate Udeh of Western Port came second with 11 points, while Mrs. Irene Udolisa came third and last in that group with just 3 points.
In the overall performance going by the total scores of the participants in the different categories, Tumaka came first with 31 points seconded by Ajayi 28 points while Bomadi clinched the third place with 21 points.
Udolisa of LPC was adjudged the worst in performance in the exercise with just 3 points. Olottah and Mkpandiok of MAN, Oron, who scored only 8 points each, seconded her, while Charles Agommuo and Amadi Ndidi clinched the last position with only 9 points each.
According to the organisers, the panel of judges revealed that they received a deluge of responses received from stakeholders and colleagues in the industry, which helped them in shaping the selection criteria of the project.
They recommended that the project should be made a yearly exercise in order to ensure a sustained improvement of PR officers in the maritime industry. They also advised participants to make entries for positions in different categories of their choice next year with a defined project or product to aid assessment of performance.
Meanwhile, winners of this phase of the project will be decorated on October 3, at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, during when 15 women of fortune shall be inducted into the MMS Plus Weekly's Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame.