Fadolapo Resumes Today As APCON Registrar, As AAAN Scout For New Executive Secretary

Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, New Registrar/CEO, APCON

The former executive secretary of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Dr Olalekan Fadolapo has resumed work today, 1 September 2020, as the new Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON).

He took over the role from Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha who held the position as Acting Registrar/CEO to avoid a vacuum in leadership in the regulatory body since Alhaji Garba Bello Kankarofi retired in 2018.

Meanwhile AAAN has begun to scout for a possible replacement for Fadolapo since his appointment was announced. According to new sources they are looking for someone who can coordinate activities; represent the association at stakeholders’ engagement forum and work with executives and other stakeholders to help the association achieve its goals and objectives.

Recall, Fadolapo was one of the CEOs for the nine of the agencies under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment to take effect from 1 Sept. 2020.

For a very long time, APCON has remained without a governing Council or board. Concerns had been raised in the past, with practitioners in the sub-sector raising alarm about the sensitive and pivotal role the Council plays in contributing to the peace and economy of the country.

An active APCON Council comprises of Advertising Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), Association of Advertising Agencies in Nigeria (AAAN), Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Media Independent Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN), Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), Federal Ministries of Information and Communication and Federal Ministry of Health as well as universities/polytechnics offering advertising-related courses.            

Other agencies CEO that will resume today are: Mr. Buki Ponle, Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria and Mr. Nura Sani Kangiwa who was named the Director General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism.

Mr. Francis Ndubuisi Nwosu was appointed the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Press Council; Mr. Ebeten William Ivara, Director General, National Gallery of Arts and Prof. Sunday Enessi Ododo, General Manager/CEO, National Theatre.

Others are Mr. Ado Mohammed Yahuza, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation; Prof. Aba Isa Tijjani, Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Mrs. Oluwabunmi Ayobami Amao, Director General, Centre For Black And African Arts And Civilisation.

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