The National Orientation Agency, NOA, will collaborate with Brand Health Limited, to organize the 2015 edition of the annual Most Trusted Brand in Nigeria discourse, a Research Presentation and Discussions slated to hold in Lagos on November 25.
This year’s edition of the event, with the theme: “Re-inventing the culture of Trust in Nigeria: the Process Roadmap”, will take place at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.
The event had in the past five years been organized and sponsored annually by Brand Health Limited, a market research company.
Emman Udowoima, CEO, BrandHealth and Promoter, Most Trusted Brand Awards, who disclosed the development in a statement on Wednesday, also noted that The Most Trusted Brand in Nigeria’s initiative is a contribution towards a better Nig
Udowoima said, “One remarkable feature of this year’s event is the collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, an agency with the mandate to persuade Nigerians to be more trustworthy. The relationship would boost our quest for a society with UBIQUITY OF TRUST.”
The Brand Health CEO noted that the initiative is based on the conviction that building a high-trust Nigeria is possible.
He explained that it is possible to re-invent the culture of trust in the various environments in Nigeria with the focus on reducing the gap between what “we say we are going to do and what we actually do”, which he described as reducing “say-do gap.”
Udowoima said, “Many people are merely talking about the ills in the country, but very few are interested in fixing these ills. Building a more robust, trustworthy Nigeria, now and in the future for our people requires involvement of everyone. It requires people who are enthusiastic and are willing to volunteer their creativity and resources, to provide the desired outcome for the country. That is why Brand Health puts down its resources yearly to mobilize Nigerians to be more trustworthy.
“This year’s edition is a radical departure from where we started-giving awards to brands; and now to a holistic mobilization of Nigerians to do the right things towards fixing the country with emphasis on moving from rhetoric to praxis. It intends to provide a platform for a fruitful dialogue amongst agencies of government, civil society organization, the military, academia, media, businesses and the general public.
“Our goal is to bring together these components of the society, some as discussants, and others as active participants/observers for the purpose of charting a course for our country-Nigeria. We also intend to do a communiqué at the end of the gathering which we believe should influence policy thrust.
“How does this work? We design questionnaires and interview over 6,000 Nigerians in thirteen cities in the six geo-political zones covering twelve states and the Federal Capital city each year. We ask them to rate how much they trust Nigerians, government institutions and businesses. We also ask them to suggest how to improve trust in Nigeria
“At the end of the day, results are collated and analyzed to find out which government institution or industry is most trusted by Nigerians or otherwise. The results of the study would be presented at the event, while discussants will talk on the theme and how to improve trust performance level.
The 2015 questionnaire required respondents to define trust, state if Nigerians trust their fellow country men and women and to suggest ways we can improve trust as individuals and as a country. The level of trust in the Police, Military, FRSC, Immigration, Customs, NAFDAC, EFCC/ICPC, NDLEA, NNPC, INEC, Executive, Legislature and Judiciary was measured. In business, trust performance in financial institutions, Telecoms, Technology, Power, Eatery, Food and beverages, Chemical and Pharmaceuticals, Electrical and electronics, Medical/hospital, Oil and gas, Aviation, Construction, Education services, Consultancy services and Entertainment were also measured.
Expected at this year’s edition of the event as lead discussantns include Mr. Mike Omeri, Director-General, National Orientation Agency as keynote speaker; Professor Charles Ogbulogo, Dean, Leadership, Covenant University; Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise; Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu; Former Police PRO and currently Commissioner of Police, Kogi state; Alhaji Bello KanKarofi, CEO, APCON; Mr. Tunji Adeyinka, MD, Marketing Connect and Mr. Waheed Odusile, President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, all as discussants
By Patrick Aigbokhan