Open Seminar

Managing Government Relations

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Programme snapshot

  • Date: Oct 23, 2024 (6 days over 3 weeks)
  • Fee: NGN578, 500
  • Location: Live online
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Many organisations, businesses and not-for-profits are facing challenges relating with multi-level governments in an emerging democracy such as Nigeria’s, more-so, given the relative lack of experience in constitutional government and continuity in policies and personnel. There are new legal requirements that now have to be followed, and ethical challenges in influencing and lobbying government.  Government relations managers require a strategic approach to understanding the new environment and techniques for effective proactive management of government relations and communication strategies in an ethical and professional manner.

This seminar is relevant to those who manage government relations regardless of their business sector and affords an opportunity for cross functional learning and networking.

Learning Objectives and Benefits

Participants on this programme will learn to:

  • Develop relationship management and reputation management skills
  • Understand and implement strategic government relations management and communication planning
  • Understand the changes in the legal environment
  • Develop a consultation, lobbying and issues management plan with a media communications component
  • Understand, plan g and manage legislative relations
  • Effectively manage of ethical and reputation conflicts
  • Develop and implement a crisis management plan

Who should attend

The programme is designed to benefit the following groups:

  • Government Relations Managers
  • Corporate Affairs Managers
  • Communications Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Public Relations Advisers, Managers
  • Heads of NGOs and their government facing officers

Structure and Curriculum

  • Understanding the social and political environment of business
  • Introduction to strategic government relations management
  • Developing relationship management functions
  • Reputation management
  • Integrated communications strategies
  • Public consultation processes
  • Implementing an effective issue management programme
  • Policy advocacy
  • Legislative & Regulatory relations
  • Tactical public and media relations
  • Crisis management
  • The ethical challenge – creating a plan of action

Admission process

1. Click on the Apply Now tab
2. Select the number of participants to enroll on the programme
3. Fill in your details to complete your application
4. Request for an invoice or make an instant payment via our secured payment gateway
5. Upon confirmation of payment, a programme manager will get in touch with you at least three days before the programme commences.


Professor Olawale Ajai

Olawale Ajai is the Professor of Legal, Social and Political Environment of Business and Head, Department of Strategy at the Lagos Business School. He holds a PhD in law and facilitates sessions on business law, financial inclusion/digital economy and law, non-market strategy, microeconomics of competitiveness and public policy/administration. His research focuses on financial inclusion/digital technology laws and policies, business laws, corporate sustainability, corporate governance and non-market strategy. He is a member of the Environmental Law Commission of the IUCN, Bonn, Germany. He is the Public Policy Lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded ‘Sustainable Business Models for Delivering Digital Financial Services to Lower Unbanked Citizens of Nigeria’ Research Project at Lagos Business School, 2015 to date.

He was formerly Group Company Secretary/Legal Adviser; Executive Director, Human Capital and Executive Director, Marketing and Strategy at Dunlop Nigeria Plc. He was also at various times, Senior Research Fellow, Associate Research Professor and Ag. Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He was a member of Council/ Chair of the Professional Development Committee of Chartered Institute of Personnel Managers of Nigeria for ten years. He has drafted major national legislation on environmental and natural resources law.


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