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Mobil Producing Nigeria hosts business communication leaders in Lagos

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited in partnership with International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nigeria chapter recently hosted top influencers, comprising business executives from the media and communication agencies in Nigeria at the 6th Business Leaders' Forum in Lagos.

In his welcome statement, Oge Udeagha, manager, Media and Communication, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited stated that, "this is part of the company's efforts in fostering relationship, knowledge and information sharing with our relevant stakeholders. We are focused on supporting causes that promote best practices in relevant fields.”

Udeagha stressed the importance of knowledge and accurate information sharing especially in the oil and gas industry at this critical time the sector is facing myriads of challenges in Nigeria. "There are no better people that will inform and lead discussions on issues than communication professionals. A forum such as this creates the opportunity," he added.

The thought leadership forum featured accomplished executives in business communication from Nigeria as lead discussants with Chido Nwakanma, President, IABC, Nigeria leading with a discussion on the Communication Trends of 2016.

Mobil Producing Nigeria hosts Business Communication Leaders in Lagos
Photo — From left to right - Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, Public and Government Affairs, MPN; Temitope Oguntokun, director of sponsorship, IABC, Nigeria; Chido Nwakanma, president, IABC, Nigeria; Viola Graham- Douglas, communication director, Lafarge Africa PLC; Kudo Eresia-Eke, general manager, External Relations, Nigeria LNG Limited; Iffy Ossai, direct or of Sponsorship, IABC, Nigeria; Abiodun Olaniyi, director of Communications, IABC, Nigeria; Nkem Jacob, director of administration, IABC, Nigeria; Isabella Adesola, executive secretary, IABC, Nigeria at the IABC Nigeria Chapter 6th  Business Leaders Forum in Lagos

"The forum continues and extends a tradition of providing food for the mind and leading thought on critical issues germane to communication and business leadership in Nigeria." Nwakanma said. "Leveraging best practice experiences shared by professionals during discussions is very key in changing communication practice in Nigeria. And part of it is that we need to start measuring and documenting cases in a bid to boost the discipline of business communication in Nigeria."

Other speakers were Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke, general manager, external relations, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) who spoke on Social License and the Business Case for CSR. Eresia-Eke discussed what has worked or not worked and why NLNG considers CSR vital.

Similarly, Viola Graham-Douglas, communications director, Lafarge Holcim, Nigeria, shared perspectives on Internal Communication and Change Management.

About IABC

IABC Nigeria is the Nigerian affiliate of the global professional association devoted to the enhancement of professionalism in business communication. IABC has headquarters in California, USA.

The Business Leaders Forum is a thought leadership platform for sharing current trends and best practices in business communication, strategy and general management. The audience of 60 consists of leaders in various areas of business who come to share knowledge, interact and network for the betterment of their organisations. The media is heavily represented at reportorial and senior executive levels.

Founded in 1970, IABC is a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. It helps members "identify, share and apply the world's most effective communication practices" through thought leadership, publications, networking, conferences and cutting-edge research.

Members hold positions in corporate communications; public and media relations; public affairs; investor relations; advertising; community relations; editing; photography and video production; graphic design; marketing communications; human resource management; training; writing; and teaching, among others.

Through its strong professional network, IABC enables members.