The Department of State Services (DSS), has established a new Directorate of Public Relations and Strategic Communications (DPRSC).
The establishment of the directorate is part of efforts aimed at sustaining its engagement with citizens and the public at large as well as deepening democratic governance, transparency, and accountability.
A statement issued on Wednesday by DSS, also named Peter Nnochirionye Afunanya, its erstwhile Public Relations Officer, to head the directorate as the supervising Director.
Peter, the statement added, will also be in charge of the service’s public communications.
According to the statement, the appointment took effect on 26th September 2023.
“The Service has commended its Director General, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi CFR, fwc, for the initiative to undertake the expansion and particularly appointing Afunanya to pilot the Directorate,” the statement reads.
“Afunanya comes to his new role with over 20 years of vast and rich experience in Intelligence analysis, threat assessment, security administration, VIP protection/detailing, investigation, counterterrorism, open source intelligence management, background checks and security vetting, surveillance, security sector/intelligence governance, democratic accountability in law enforcement, educational research, peace advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, development communication, interagency cooperation/liaison, joint operations, teaching, public and media relations, reputation management, strategic communication, protocol and diplomatic affairs, writing, public speaking, stakeholder engagement among others.”