The Role Of Public Relations In Building Corporate Image

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TITLE PAGE                                                                 II

APPROVAL PAGE                                                       III

DEDICATION                                                               IV

ACKNOWLEDGMENT                                                         V

ABSTRACT                                                                  VI

TABLE  OF CONTENT                                                         VII


1.1            THE HISTORY OF NIGERIAN AIRWAYS       7


1.3            STATEMENT OF RESEARCH PROBLEM                 10

1.4            OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY                         12

1.5            SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY                     13

1.6            RESEARCH QUESTIONS                                  14


1.8            DEFINITION OF TERMS –CONCEPTUAL      16


1.10       ASSUMPTION                                                    18

1.11       LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY                        18



PUBLIC RELATIONS                                        20

2.2            THE PLACE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS IN AN ORGANISATION                                                          20

2.3            CORPORATE PUBLICS                                     24

2.4            CORPORATE IMAGE                                        31

2.5            SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY                               34


2.7            SUMMARY OF LITERATURE REVIEW          40


3.1            RESEARCH METHOD                                       43

3.2            RESEARCH DESIGN                                         43

3.3            POPULATION AND SAMPLE                           44

3.4            MEASURING INSTRUMENT                                     44

3.5            ANALYSIS                                                                    46

CHAPTER  FOUR                                                        47


5.1            SUMMARY                                                         62

5.2            RECOMMENDATIONS                                               63

5.3            CONCLUSION                                                    65

BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                   67



In any organization, the need to maintain the image of the organization  is of great importance hence this study surveys the role of public relations in building corporate image.  It set out to find out whether Nigerian Airways Enugu, has in any way established rapport and good will in the course of its dealings with the various  publics.  It will also identify whether the customers   are satisfied with the services of the  organization.  This study will also x-ray how far the public relations roles has helped or will help to co-ordinate the organization and its various publics.   If  the publics perception of the Nigerian Airways image when determined is bad, then the researcher would be in a position to  advise and make necessary recommendations that  will enhance its image.  More so the study will contribute to the knowledge of generality of Nigerians in their guest for enhancement of corporate image in government parastatals.

Nigerian Airways is a public corporation  and business enterprise and as such is required to succeed.  As a public institute devoted to the servicing of the public interest it must have the interest of its publics as  a major consideration in the bid to achieve public co-operation and acceptance.  As a business institution, the Nigerian Airways must use business principles to operate in such a way that it becomes economically independence against crumbling.

Against this background, Nigerian Airways instituted the public relations department to help foster the activities of the organization in order to achieve  its aims and objectives.  This is so because no business oriented organization can make any meaningful achievement without the help and use  of a public relations practitioner.  It is easily identifiable that the basic philosophy underlying public relations practice is of prime importance in all spheres of activities.  The public relations man engages himself in doing  good and trying to get credit for the good he has done.  This involves wining friend keeping  them and influencing them  as well as others.  It also involves looking good by building  and sustaining good  image or good will through good deeds  that will win favourable considerations for Nigerian Airways Enugu among members of the public.

Public relations, by definition according to Frank Jefeckins states that public relations is the process of assessing consumer wants, establishing communication, fostering goodwill  so that  the consumer wants or needs can be profitably satisfied”.

Another definition according to the editors of public relations news states that public relations is a “a philosophy and function of management, which evaluates public attitudes,  identifies the polices of an individual or organization  with public interest and execute a programme of actions to earn public  understanding and acceptance”

From these definitions,  it is obvious that the public relations man blends the public interest with that of the organization for optimal achievement.  It  also identifies the need  for the public relations man to evaluate the public attitude and conception of the organization with the aim of attaining and eliciting favourable actions where necessary.

As a matter of fact,  Nigerian Airways Enugu cannot exist in a vacuum. It cannot grow it is neglects the existence of its  publics.  It must function  as an institution ready to communicate effectively with its publics.  This include expressing her policies and practices through communication for general awareness.

However, this communication function can best  be achieved if public relations  manager is given its appropriate place in the management of  Nigerian Airways, Enugu.  Sincerely speaking, the Nigerian Airways is fast recognizing the enormous function which public relations would perform if allowed  into the strategic decision making level of the organization.  In this contemporary society.  The public scrutiny and accountability is on the increase.  It is imperative therefore that good public relation should enhance goodwill and customers satisfaction in the organization.

The image of the Nigerian Airways Enugu depends on her behaviour and financial performance, her marketing polices and the quality of her products or services, the management style, approach and resultant satisfaction.  The protection and maintenance of the image of Nigerian Airways Enugu is the fundamental responsibility of  public relation. As the conscience of the organization and its publics, it  monitors the diffusion of the programmes of the organization to know when it impinges  on  public opinion  and welfare.

George Flangan stated that “if an individual’s contact and experience with a corporation is  extensive, his proposed image of the corporation is likely to be strong, positive and relatively stable. If on the other hand, the individual’s familiarity with the corporation is slight as in most of the cases, the image  will probably be weak, (negative) and unstable”.  The meaning of the statement is that if the level or degree of customer’s satisfaction in any organization is high the customer tends to maintain more cordial relationship and vice-verse.  It is the image of the organization that attracts popularity among the potential customers.  In this sense, the only image that can last long is the one that its stand is valid, true and authentic.

No organization can satisfy its numerous public without being perceived first by the publics as trusted and dependable. The dependability of  the organization depends on the degree  of the comfort given  to the publics and her  goodwill.   In relation to this, Walter Lipman asserts, “No administrative scheme is workable without good  will and  goodwill about strange practices is impossible without education”.  In  other words, any new development in Nigerian Airways   Enugu that is not communicated to the public in clear  terms and with clear evidences so as to elicit favourable actions to attain mutual understanding will be an effort in  futility.Corporate Image

It is therefore important that Nigerian Airways Enugu should acquaint itself with the publics for cordiality through continuous and systematic public relations practice.  It is essential that all public relations activities of the Nigerian Airways within the frame work agree and understand the corporate personality.

The modern business organization recognizing the changes in the environment, has adjusted.  It has more comprehensive and positive programmes by responding to community expectations and pressures.  This is the springboard of the concept of goodwill and acceptance.Corporate Image

However, the activities of Nigerian Airways and prospects can better be understand when examined from the point of view of its origin.   To this end, below is the mark off point of Nigerian Airways.


The history of the organization would be traced to 1945 when it was incorporated as West African Airways corporation (W.A.A.C) to undertake operation which the Royal Air force left behind at the end of world war.  It was then jointly owned by the former British colonies namely, Nigerian, Ghana, Gambia and Sierra Leone. The West African Airways corporation (WAAC) was then managed by the West African Transport Authority (WAATA).

On attainment of independence in 1957, Ghana pulled out to set up its own airline, the Ghana Airways, leaving Nigerian British overseas Airways corporation (BOAC) and Elder Dempster lines as the owner of what remained WAAC.

The federal government took total control of the business on August 23, 1958 by buying out the shares of its partners, the B.O.A.C and Elder Dempster lines.  In this sense, the airline became 100 percent Nigerian owned and the name was change to Nigerian Airways limited in the same vein after some years, Nigerian Airways Enugu was established



The objective of the airline as a national earner is to operate a scheduled and chartered air transportation services for the carriage passengers, cargo, mails and any other related business in most reliable, efficient and profitable manner.

Apart from its commercial objectives the organization also have social defense security and political responsibilities to the government and people of Nigeria as the nation’s national carrier.Corporate Image

For example, the airline could give back-up services to the military authorities  as a transportation auxiliary  in a period of national emergency  such as wars.Corporate Image

In other words, the airline as a rule is different from other commercial airline since it must perform government function without profit when directed to do so by the authorities.  For the above reasons Nigerian Airways is duty-bound to separate in the country whether it is commercially viable or not.Corporate Image

In a situation where communication is poor, Nigerian Airways is used by government as an effective institute to bridge the communication gap by transmitting people, goods and mails through the length and breath of the country.  This is a great social and  economic responsibility to the nation.  Based on these reasons, the federal government offers its protection to the airline through diplomatic channel in international  traffic negotiations guarantees the airline to secure local  and foreign loans to  purchases aircraft and equipment.

Due to the numerous aims and objectives of the Nigerian Airways and her zeal towards making them a reality the organization is departmentalized to ease activities and foster developments in a way  of satisfying its  customers and at the same time enhancing good corporate image.


There has been a good number of complaints from the Nigerian Airways Enugu public relations operations of the organization.  There is no efficient, effective and systematic public relations in the establishment.  As a result of this, the Nigerian Airways does not communicate to its publics as at when due.

The Nigerian Airways Enugu seems to be undergoing image problems.  The problems of financial constraints deferring regulatory policies by the government.  Negative attitude of employees to work, management problems, flight delays and conciliations, inefficient services and general rising of costs of goods and services seems to point to the fact that public relations has failed in its role of establishing a good corporate image of Nigerian Airways Enugu.

There has been absence of incentives to customers, which now brings about low persuasive sales strategy.

The acceptance of forged tickets, defaced   ticket and checking adult passengers with infants or children tickets affects the customers.Corporate Image

The refund of unused tickets takes a very long time hence the customers involved usually get displeased because of the undue time spent before they are finally refunded.Corporate Image

Another problem is that the management of the parastatal makes it impossible for airline public relations manager to do his job satisfactorily.  The resultant effect here is that most of the time the public relations manager is compelled to take actions and execute programmes that are not of interest to the various publics.


The objective of this study is to identify more efficient and effective identify way of using public relations to enhance   the corporate image and good will in Nigerian Airways, Enugu.

The study also sets out to know how the various Nigerian airways Enugu publics perceive the organization.

The study will analyse the public relations strategies and management  polices of the organization in question.

It is much better to identify and know the various aims and objective of Nigerian Airways to see  how far the organization has  achieved them.Corporate Image

The direct incentives  due to the customers, are they really persuasive sales strategy or not.

To analyse critically the customers remarks and responses that shall be made when questionnaires are collected to see whether Nigerian Airways will succeed as a business enterprise and coporate institutions


In every organization, be it social or business enterprises, there is need for  unity, harmony and peace  to prevail between the organization and  its publics.  Any organization that fails to recognize the  existence of its publics will definitely fail.  More so if any organization  fails to take cognizance  of public relations  department of the  organization, such organization  will not accomplish its  aims  and objectives.

To this end , the Nigerian Airways should always give  the public relations manager his proper place in the organization and should  also help  him function fully by giving him the necessary tools and equipment  needed for his operations.

To ascertain customer perception of the image of Nigerian Airway Enugu, if the perception of the organizational image when determined is bad, then one would be in a better position to  advice and make necessary recommendation in order to  build or enhance the image .

To know how far public relations  roles will help to co-ordinate the organization and its various publics

To know some of the communication barriers faced by  public relations department  in the organization.

Finally to contribute to the knowledge of mass  communicators  and indeed to the knowledge of Nigerian in their guest for effect of image building in government parastatals.Corporate Image


1.       Does the image of Nigerian Airways Enugu satisfy its publics  so as to help attract and sustain potential  customers?

2,      Is Nigerian Airways Enugu facing image problem in the execution of  its duties?

3.       Does the political interference hamper or hinder the public relations department in  Nigerian  Airways from effective performance of its duties?


The researcher  will test the following:

H1     The public relations role go along way in building corporate image of Nigerian Airways.

Ho.    The pubic relations role does not go a long way in building corporate image of Nigerian Airways

H2.    The Nigerian Airways face image problem in  execution of her duties

Ho.    The Nigerian Airways does not face image problem in the execution of her duties.

H3.    The more political interference, the more effective the performance of public relations department.

Ho.    The more political interference, the less effective the performance of public relations department.


definition of terms conceptual

1.       Public – A particular section of the community

2.       Public Relations – The procedure of programmes of activities of ensuring a link between an organization and its publics.

3.       Building – This is the construction of houses that gives shelter to people.

4.       Image – This is  a mental picture, idea of concept of somebody or something.  It  could also be seen as a sensual thing perceived as an entity or a coherent which does not necessarily have  something to do with reality of a situation.

5.       Airline – this is an air transport business  that runs a regular services.

6.       Organization – This is a group with  special purpose of coming together as one to  operate  a business ventures.  It could be government or private owned.


1.       Pubic The number of people who receive the services of Nigerian Airways Enugu.

2.       Public relations : Mutual understanding between Nigerian Airways Enugu and its public, carried  out by the public relations  department

3.       Building – This is the creation of establishment of good will and acceptance between the Nigerian Airways Enugu and its publics.Corporate Image

4.       Image – The mental pictures that the publics of Nigerian Airways   have on the effect of efficiency of services varied by the number.Corporate Image

5.       Airline – This  means the  case  under study, which is the Nigerian Airways, Enugu.

6.       Organization – Government owned paratatal known as the Nigerian Airways.

 1.10       ASSUMPTIONS

It is assumed that after  this study, the public relations officer would be in a better position to know the best strategy to promote the corporate image of his organization.   He would be in a position to make nice goodwill for the organization as to increase its profits.

However, the management of the organization would be in a positions to  equip the public relations officer, so that he can discharge his duties efficiently


This study is limited by the logistics, time  and fund problems. This is because the subject matter of this study is one which should have made the study a national one.  The topic is one which attracts public attention and interest on  a national one.   The  topic is one, which attracts public attention and interest on a national scale.  Unfortunately.  It  would not be handled on the required scale.

As a result of this, the researcher limited  the research work at Nigerian Airways Enugu because of the  limited time available.  This sampling is done in Nigerian Airways Enugu.


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