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NIPR, 70 organisations hold national integration summit

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The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), in collaboration with 70 other organizations, is set to hold the grand finale of its citizen’s summit on national integration, peace, and security.

The statement by NIPR spokesman, Mr Stanley Ogadigo, quoted Institute’s President, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo as saying that the two-day event would kick off on 22 August at the International Conference Centre, Abuja

Sirajo said that the Chairman of Access Bank Plc, Mr Dere Awosika would chair the event that promises to provide a robust platform for Nigerians to engage on critical issues of nation building.

He explained that the need to foster national integration, rebuild peace and strengthen security in the country gave rise to the summit, which he described as a “solution-driven initiative to address issues of national cohesion and reconciliation for national development”.

“The conference is designed to bridge the widening trust gap between the leaders and the citizens, as well as amongst the citizens, through the promotion of national integration and enhancement of cross country peaceful co-existence”, the NIPR President said.

He stressed the importance of trust in governance, saying that the concept of “Reopen Conversation, Rebuild Trust” as the summit theme could not have come at a better time than now.

The event will also feature the presentation of reports of the Zonal Dialogue Series, plenary, syndicate sessions, and other activities with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed; former Minister, Dr Audu Ogbe; and former Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Economic Summit Group Limited, Prof. Anya O. Anya in attendance.

Other notable keynote speakers include social entrepreneur and activist, Barrister (Mrs) Adepeju Jaiyeoba; and founder of Living Waters Unlimited Church, Rev. Ladi Thompson.

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