SAEMA-SCA 2022: Femi Adesina, Afunanya, Gwandu Bag Security and Communications Awards
Special Advisor for Media and Public Relations to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina; The spokesman for the Ministry for State Security (DSS), Dr. Peter Afunanya, and the Minister of Justice’s media adviser, Dr. Gwandu, were among the honorees celebrated at the annual Security and Emergency Management Awards (SAEMA); and Spokespersons Communication Awards” (SCA).
The doubles events took place at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja.
Adesina, chair of the event, was surprised when he received an award for strategic communications as SCA’s Distinguish Fellow.
The President of Nigeria’s Public Relations Institute, NIPR, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, in a keynote speech, highlighted the importance of strategic communications as a panacea to alleviate all manner of socio-ethnic tensions while denouncing the deepening insecurity in the country.
Sirajo recalled how her institute recently used strategic communications as a tool to improve national integration in what he says is a divided Nigerian state today.
The summit was held regionally in different states of the federations.
The NIPR chief noted that their “Citizens’ Summit on National Peace, Security and Integration,” held a few months ago across the six geopolitical zones, brought together Nigerians from different walks of life to harness their diversity for the collective good of all.
“What the SAEMA and SCA convener, Mal. Yushau Shuaib of PRNigeria is providing some of the strategic communication needed for Nigeria’s realignment by organizing these promising events annually,” Sirajo said.
In his remarks, Adesina, chairman of the event, praised Mal. Shuaib for consistently providing the general public with authoritative and factual information on security-related topics and matters.
“PRNigeria is my go-to place for reports on riots and banditry. It’s a news outlet that many people don’t doubt its coverage of security issues,” the president’s spokesman said.
Adesina further lamented that the majority of Nigerians prefer negative reports on backlash by military and security agencies against terrorists, bandits and other criminals.
He said: “You who spread the good news about the success story of our troops become the butt of their jokes and their enemy.”
Defense Information Director Maj. Gen. Jimmy Akpor commended the PRNigeria for hosting the annual Security and Communications Awards.
“In the military, we trust the credibility and independent editing of PRNigeria as it reports activities in the sectors with fairness, accuracy and facts that also protect our national security and interests,” added Gen Akpor.
While welcoming guests to the ceremony, Shuaib, who is also the editor of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential, said her SAEMA has become such a household name among security agencies, stakeholders and experts, “that this year we received 145 submissions. We had to work around the clock.” work to find two finalists for each of the categories.
He said: “However, let me be clear here that all of the finalists not only fully deserved the nomination but also the awards. It was therefore a lot of work in a transparent process before our team of unbiased experts and professionals were able to select the final winners who will go home with the award plaques.”
As every year, he noted that some winners from last year’s SAEMA and SCA events were also conquering Africa and the world.
“Three of our last year’s winners not only won awards at the Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) ceremony in Tanzania, but also emerged as finalists at the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Awards, to be held in Japan the book “101 Fake News on EndSARS”.
“At the Digital Communication Awards (DCA) in Germany, NITDA was voted one of the finalists with another award-winning book “Digital Innovation for Economic Prosperity”. All of this comes a year after IMPR was named the World’s Most Creative PR Agency (2020),” Shuaib said.
The 2nd SAEMA and SCA events were hosted in partnership with the Center for Crisis Communication, CCC, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, the International Emergency Management Society, TIEMS, and The Media Today, TMT.
SAEMA recognizes outstanding bravery and contributions to safety and emergency management in Nigeria, while SCA recognizes the most outstanding public relations campaigns and communication strategies by professionals, groups and institutions.
Those honored at the awards ceremony included NDLEA’s Femi Babafemi for Speaker of the Year; dr Umar Gwandu from the Ministry of Justice for Public Affairs; dr Peter Afunanya of the Department of State Services, DSS, for Crisis Communications; Lt. Col. Ishaya Aliyu for bravery; Air Comdr Edward Gabkwet for Crisis Management, Ismail Omipidan for Media Relations, ACP Daniel Amah for Security Officer of the Year and Times. Ibrahim Salim Umar was named Humanitarian Journalist of the Year by the Daily Trust.
Institutional honorees included the Kaduna NIPR Chapter for Event Management; Lagos NIPR Chapter for Best Chapter of the Year; Nigeria Police Public Relations School for Knowledge Hub; NITDA for social media; NIMC for Corporate Reputation Management; EFCC on Cybercrime Prevention; ICPS for public information; DIA for Intelligence and Security, NCS for Training, NSCDC for Emergency Management, NCoS for Community Service, CISA for Volunteers among others.
Other recipients included Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Navy, Reignite Public Affairs, NCC, CAC, Central Bank of Nigeria, Samuel Adeyemi from NIPR Lagos, Uba Misili from Gombe State and Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura.
Meanwhile, a group of students from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria were honored with the Young Communicators Awards.
Other dignitaries on the occasion included Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade as military spokesman, Brigadier General Sanu Usman Kukasheka as army spokesman, retired Air Commander Anas Yusuf from the Center for Crisis Communication, Dr. Sule Yau Sule, Chairman of the Jury, Mal Ismail Sani from Wonderland Television among others
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Report by: PRNigeria.com