PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT

The fundamental duty of the Public Relations Unit is to initiate and implement public relations strategies to help the University to get global visibility and maintain cordial relations with its public.
The unit writes, edits, and publishes information to enlighten the public about the University through the University website, official Facebook page, the University Bulletin, Newsletters, and other special releases.

 

These publications provide relevant information to all stakeholders.
The unit also monitors public opinion in order to measure public acceptability of the institution’s activities, policies, and programmes, as well as identify public concerns and expectations.
It is the custodian of all milestone events, newspaper publications about the University, broadcast materials, press releases, speeches, and other communication materials.

 

The public relations unit writes copies of corporate advertisements based on requests from relevant Faculties/Departments/Units and specific events like congratulatory messages, and obituaries, among others.
It coordinates all arrangements for corporate and official functions such as graduation/matriculation ceremonies, inaugural lectures, University lectures, distinguished guest lectures, receptions for dignitaries, courtesy visits, as well as welcome/send-forth parties.

 

The unit organises press conferences, interviews, radio/TV talks, and other media relations activities at the directive of the Vice-Chancellor.
Finally, the unit carries out any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, or other Principal Officers.

  •  VisionTo make Ignatius Ajuru University of Education globally visible as a centre of academic excellence.
  •  MissionTo deliberately use all the channels of communication to disseminate the quality of scholarship and research at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education as a world-class centre of academic excellence.

DR NGOZI OKIRIDU
There is no doubting the fact that the public relations unit is vital to the growth and public acceptance of every organisation. To that effect, the staff of the Public Relations Unit works diligently to ensure that the University is globally visible by showcasing the activities of the institution to the world through documentaries, feature stories, and other journalistic content. The professionalism demonstrated by the staff in interfacing with key stakeholders in the education sector, students, alumni, the media, host communities, government functionaries, and members of the public has resulted in a peaceful and cordial relationship between the University and its public. All these would not have been possible but for the moral, physical, and financial support of the purpose-driven and result-oriented Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, who provided the needed atmosphere for efficient and effective service delivery. The unit is open to constructive criticisms and ideas that would make it stand out among similar units in other tertiary institutions in the world. There is no doubting the fact that the public relations unit is vital to the growth and public acceptance of every organisation.   To that effect, the staff of the Public Relations Unit works diligently to ensure that the University is globally visible by showcasing the activities of the institution to the world through documentaries, feature stories, and other journalistic content. The professionalism demonstrated by the staff in interfacing with key stakeholders in the education sector, students, alumni, the media, host communities, government functionaries, and members of the public has resulted in a peaceful and cordial relationship between the University and its public. All these would not have been possible but for the moral, physical, and financial support of the purpose-driven and result-oriented Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, who provided the needed atmosphere for efficient and effective service delivery. The unit is open to constructive criticisms and ideas that would make it stand out among similar units in other tertiary institutions in the world.

DR NGOZI OKIRIDU is a Deputy Registrar and Head of the Public Relations Unit.

 

She assumed office as the institution's second substantive Public Relations Officer in 2011, after the late Mr Andrew Ohaka.

 

She is a graduate of English and holds Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counselling (Special Education Option).

 

Apart from overseeing the Public Relations Unit, Dr Okiridu is a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Continuing Education of the University.

 

She is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), a member of the National Association for Exceptional Children (NAEC) and a member of Nigeria Association of Special Education Teachers. (NASET). 

PUBLIC RELATIONS STAFF

Mrs. Ofiyekinen Sweyi Fiddo

Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR)

Mrs Ofiyekinen Sweiyi Fiddo is a Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR).

 

She helps translate the unit’s vision and mission by establishing, building, and maintaining mutual relationships between the university, host communities, and the general public.

 

She holds a B.Sc and M.A. degrees in Mass Communication with a specialty in Public Relations and Advertising.

 

She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Rivers State Chapter.

Tunde Uchegbuo

Senior Assistant Registrar

Tunde Uchegbuo is a journalist and the lead content writer in the unit.

 

He is proficient at Editing, Worldpress and B2B content writing.

 

He holds a Certificate in French, a Bachelor's degree in English and Education, a Reuters/Facebook Certificate in Digital Journalism, a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, and a Master's degree in Communication.

 

He started a career in Journalism in 2003 as a trainee reporter and is currently a Senior Assistant Registrar (SAR) Public Relations.

 

He is a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, the Association of Communication Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria, and the International Communication Association.

 

He has published some scholarly papers.

 

Tunde Uchegbuo served as the acting head of the unit until the appointment of a substantive Public Relations Officer.

Dr Bara I. Ignatius

Principal Confidential Secretary

Bara I. Ignatius is a Principal Confidential Secretary.

 

She holds a Ph.D in Business Education (Office and Information Management) from the University of Uyo. She is a researcher and has proven knowledge of the use of ICT.

 

She is a member of some professional bodies such as the Association of Business Educators of Nigeria (ABEN) and has published and presented conference papers in some national journals.

 

Dr Bara has handled academic work both at undergraduate and graduate levels and has a vast knowledge of administrative work.

Dr Progress Umor Daniel

Assistant Registrar

Dr Progress Umor Daniel is an Assistant Registrar in the Unit.

He had his first degree in English from the University of Ibadan, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of English and Communication Art, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt.

He has a key interest in Public Relations Analysis, Development Communication, and Digital Media. He is visible in Google Scholar, Research Gate, and Academia and has some scholarly articles in reputable journals and book chapters to his credit.
 
He is a member of local and international professional bodies.

Organisational Structure of Public Relations Unit