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The do’s and don’ts: Nigerian Army instructs its PR Directorate on social media use

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The do’s and don’ts: Nigerian Army instructs its PR Directorate on social media use

by Paul Osas

The Nigerian Army on Monday held her second quarter study meeting of officers of the Directorate of Army Public Relations, DAPR, in Kaduna with the theme: ”Leveraging the New Media for Effective Public Relations Practice in the NA Towards Combating Contemporary Challenges.”

In his opening remarks, Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Chukwuemeka Onwuamaegbu warned officers against disseminating sensitive operational information on the social media.

Mr Onwuamaegbu said officers should be cautious in their use of new media (social media) to avert security breach.

“In addition to all the benefit we can get from the new media, we also have drawbacks. I have personally seen a few posting on Facebook, Twitter by service personnel that should not be there.

“So I hope that during this period they will be able to know the disadvantages of the new media to be able to caution service personnel about some of this posting that should not be there in the cyber.” he said.

Director, Army Public Relations, Ibrahim Attahiru, outlining the importance of the event said the study period would be used to train officers on the use of the social media in line with contemporary challenges.

“The Directorate intends to use the social media not only to tell the Nigerian Army’s story, but it also intends to use the social media to listen.

“Social media remains a powerful communications tool. When used correctly, social media can help the NA reach an enormous audience. Social media can help the NA engage in conversation while at the same time promoting awareness,” he said.

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