The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, FCT Chapter has elected Hajiya Maryam Sanusi as the first female Chairman to take charge of the body’s affairs for the next two years.
Addressing the media in Abuja after her inauguration as the 10th Chairman of the Chapter, Hajiya Sanusi said that the new position was a trust which she intends to manage professionally in the overall interest of the Institute and the profession.
“Though the task ahead is enormous, I am ready to work with all stakeholders and put in extra effort towards placing the Chapter on a greater and enviable height.”
Sanusi emphasized that her emergence as the first female Chairman of the Flagship Chapter after almost three (29 yrs) decades of its existence was a prove of evidence, that the Institute believes in women’s capability to lead.
Speaking on the recently concluded conference of the Public Relations Institute with the theme The Leadership Question: Search for 21st Century Leaders, she said that the issue of governance remained a critical element in societal development and nation building, especially in African continent where qualitative leadership has come in short supply.
“As Nigerians, we need to begin to pay serious attention to issues of leadership and governance. I’m glad that the theme attracted quality discussion from notable personalities at the conference, and I think it is a topic that should be further explored for national development,” Maryam said.
The Chairman assured that she will work closely with relevant government agencies to ensure that the Institute enjoys the needed government support, stressing that it is a legal, responsible and reputable entity that could add great value to policies and programmes of the government.
Maryam Sanusi, Deputy Director Information and the Spokesperson of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, pointed out that the burden of relevance lies on the capacity of members.
She said her administration will address the issue of capacity building among members to equip them with requisite skills that would prepare them to tackle the challenges facing the Public Relations industry.