From Yahaya Audu, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning is to work in synergy with the State Chapter, Nigeria Institute of Public Relations to ensure effective administration of budget in the state.
The Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Dr Aminu Hassan Gamawa made the request when he received in audience, officials of the State chapter of Institute who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
He said the need for collaboration between the two bodies cannot be over emphasized, as government need support and collaboration from all relevant stakeholders.
According to him, NIPR has a vital role to play in assisting the Ministry to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of resources and in the budget process.
Gamawa insisted that the money called government money is actually people’s money for the public as government would be accountable both directly or indirectly in view of the fact that it is the people who give them the mandate through elections.
He explained, “First of all. I am very honored today that you decided to visit me, I heartly turn down courtesy visits because I know it is opportunity to build network and relationships”
Anybody not only interested, but alive, knows the importance of Public Relations and the roles they as experts in public relations management.
The Commissioner expressed confidence that patnership between the NIPR and the Ministry will attract more donors and investment in the state and assured that his doors would remain open for better performance.
On the appointment of the chapter’s Public Relations Officer Muslim Lawal, as his Personal Assistant on Media, Dr Aminu Gamawa described it as well-deserved appointment
“I don’t think there is need for you to thank me for appointing Muslim lawal, he deserved it, just encourage him to keep up the hard work and dedication so that we can move the state forward.
I know the importance of your organization and the profession you represent. It is only in places like Nigeria that people have little appreciation of the work you do, in United States of America I discovered that apart from lawyers, another respected profession is Public Relations.
On his part, a member of the Elders Advisory Committee of the Institute, Dr Andee Iheme described the commissioner’s appointment as not based on political considerations, but based on credentials and merit.
“Your appointment was not based on political, your credentials went before you. Is a huge sacrifice for you to accept the offer.
Earlier, the State NIPR Chaiman, Alhaji Kabir Ali Kobi appealed to the Commissioner to use his experience, expertise and connections for the development of the state.
” The Honourable Commissioner Sir, we are equally here to thank you most sincerely for appointing our own, the chapter’s PRO, Muslim Lawal as your Personal Assistant in charge of Media. Let me assure you that Muslim Lawal, is hardworking, honest, loyal and of proven integrity.
Ali Kobi said apart from thanking him for the appointment, the visit will give opportunity for the Institute to strengthen its relationship with the Ministry.
He said NIPR being a professional body, will support the Ministry to overcome the challenges affecting the administration of budget and other identified areas.