By Eunice Hilda Ampomah/Julius K. Satsi, GNA
Accra, March 16, GNA
– The Institute of Public Relations (IPR) Ghana has awarded accreditation to 30
professionals who have contributed immensely towards the growth of the
profession in the country.
Some of the award
recipients received the honour after having successfully passing examinations
set by the Institute while others attained exemption accreditation after having
proven their worth through projects initiated to enhance the development of the
Among those honoured
include: Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information; Professor Abeiku
Blankson, the Vice President of the Ghana Technology University College; Mr
Ahmed Dasana Nantogmah, the Head of Public Relations (PR) of the Ghana Chamber
of Mines; Mrs Gifty Bingley, the Senior Communications Officer of the African
Union, Ghana and Nana Define Badu, the Director of Consumer and Corporate
Affairs of the National Communication Authority.
Ms Elaine Sam, the
President of IPR Ghana, said the Institute has monitored and assessed the newly
accredited professionals and believes in their capabilities.
She said sometimes,
people just conferred titles on themselves without going through any
professional training in an accredited and recognised Public Relations (PR)
institutions- leading to unprofessional execution of PR duties in
The newly accredited
members, she said, were expected to continue practising with high ethical
standards to make positive impact on the Institute.
Ms Sam said the
competition was keen as far as PR was concerned and urged institutions to
employ professionals if they wanted their businesses to thrive.
individuals with interest in PR to be careful with the institutions they enrol
into to be trained as PR practitioners as some were not offering the required
knowledge and were not credible enough.
Mrs Adiki Ofeibea
Ayitevie, an accredited member and the IPR Personality of the Year 2017, said
many PR practitioners contributed to their individual organisations and not to
“However, to whom
much is given, much is expected and therefore we must drive the success of
IPR,” she said.
She said it is
unfortunate that sometimes PR practitioners were not regarded as strategic,
adding that, “We are very strategic and its our years of experience that has
made us accredited members today”.
Mrs Ayitevie urged
the accredited members to reciprocate the honour done them by IPR, adding that,
they were not to sit in the comfort of their offices but were expected to
contribute to the development of the Institute and draw more members into it.