The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), at the weekend in Lagos, recognised the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the Public Affairs Director at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo for their outstanding roles in leadership position, that have positively affected the lives of customers and telecoms consumers alike.

The duo were honoured alongside with the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Moshood Jimoh; the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Oliver Otu Udoukpo; the Group Head, Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, among others.

While Emefiele was honoured with honorary award for his exemplary leadership role in the financial sector, Ojobo and others were honoured as the PR Personality of the Year 2017.

Giving reasons for the selection of the awardees, the President, NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele, told newsmen that the awardees were carefully selected because of their commitment in bringing satisfaction to the people they represent at the various sectors on the Nigerian economy. According to him, Ojobo in particular has shown clear commitment and passion for the PR profession and has touched several lives in the course of discharging his duties as public relations professional in the telecoms space.

“Ojobo is passionate about his job, he loves professionalism and we singled him out for the things he stand for, which are commitment to duty, humility and upholding ethical professionalism in the public relation space,” Oladele said.

Expressing his joy for the award, Ojobo said: “I am very happy to be honoured with the PR Personality of the Year Award by my professional body, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. It goes to show that some of the little things we do to drive advocacy and protect consumers’ interest, are being recognised by Nigerians.

“I dedicate the award to God and to NCC for giving me the platform to express myself on my job. At NCC, we will continue to do what we are doing and improve on what we do to address telecoms consumers and operators’ concerns. I believe in professionalism and I want to leave a legacy and maintain the set standard.”

NCC serves over 150 million subscribers and it is challenging to do so because of the huge number but we will continue to work for the common good of the telecoms consumers, Ojobo added.