For appointing Chief Patrick Ukah, a seasoned public relations expert as the Secretary to the Delta State Government, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.
The President of NIPR, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, said the decision to engage a core professional was best the option for the state.
Sirajo spoke on Monday in Asaba at the inauguration of the Secretary to the State Government with nine other political appointees.
He said the Institute had confidence in Chief Patrick Ukah’s ability and capacity to deliver.
According to the NIPR boss, appointments of capable hands in strategic positions of authority at federal, state and local government levels were needed to fix the country.
“Since his induction as a certified member of the Institute, the newly appointed SSG has remained consistent in application of public relations skills and display of professionalism to achieve results.
“The appointment was based on competence, which we believe will bring a lot of values to the State,” Sirajo said.
He recalled that the SSG in his previous positions as Commissioner for Information and later Commissioner for Basic Education had deployed ingenuity to achieve unprecedented milestones, describing him as embodiment of professionalism and excellence.
The NIPR boss assured that the Institute would offer professional support to Delta State Government towards achieving its goals.
Earlier, Governor Okowa urged the appointees to see their appointments as a privilege to serve.
He appreciated the NIPR President for honouring the invitation and promised to work with the institute in providing good governance.
On his part, the Secretary to Delta State Government and Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Delta State Chapter, Ukah, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in him and pledged his commitment to duty.
Ukah while thanking the NIPR President for the sacrifice of making it to the event said the Institute has greatly contributed to his success in both leadership and other sphere of life.
The governor had recently appointed Elder Emmanuel Ogidi, a Fellow of the Institute, as Chairman of Delta State Security Trust Fund.