Abuja - Stakeholders in the local integrated marketing and communications industry have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to reverse the appointment of Prince Ngozi Emioma as the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) Chairman.
Following a meeting attended by a cross-section of organization in the sector, stakeholders argued Emioma was “unqualified” to head a professional regulatory body such as APCON.
Among the organization calling for the annulment of the appointment include the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Media Independent Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN).
“The purported appointment was made in error, as has been done in the past. The President should please ensure that APCON law is protected and maintained so that APCON as a federal regulator can function according to the laws that set it up,” the organisations sated.
They reminded the President that APCON had worked hard through qualified Nigerian professionals to effectively regulate and control the practice of advertising in Nigeria since 1988.
The statement noted that APCON’s role as a regulator was critical and sensitive, and therefore to allow unregistered practitioners to take over the management of the council will be against the law, illegal and counter-productive.
The APCON council had at the expiration of the tenure of Lolu Akinwunmi in September last year, submitted names who are fellows of the council to the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, from which to pick one person to serve as chairman.
Since then nothing, the appointment has not been confirmed until recently, when Emioma visited Maku, a move that sparked the current controversy.
Emioma, during his recent visit to the minister had claimed that he was duly appointed by the President, and therefore called on Maku to inaugurate the council he led.
– CAJ News