APCON Inducts 37 Associates From South-South, South-East

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Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), has inducted 37 associate members from the South-South and the South-East regions.

The induction was conducted after a 3-day Executive Membership Registration and Induction ceremony organised for the two geo-political zones of the country which was held at the Havilah Towers and Suites in Uyo, Akwa Ibom capital at the weekend.

Speaking after the induction, the Chief Executive Officer/Registrar of APCON, Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo said the exercise was to accord legal status to some people who may have been practising without adequate certification.

He charged the new inductees to be good ambassadors of the advertising profession, adding that with their certification, they were free to explore opportunities in the industry without the fear of harassment.

He noted that “With your certification, you now have the legal rights to establish a full-fledged advertising agency, and explore opportunities in outdoor advertising and other independent media space.

“It is also important to note that APCON recognizes the importance of continuous training and constant engagement with young professionals in our industry.

“We encourage you to consider our training programmes a priority for your personal development and to participate in them regularly,” he said

Also speaking, the Director of Registration, Joe-Eugene Onuorah said the programme was an alternative procedure for admitting people who did not have the prescribed academic qualification, into the profession.

 “The registration is based on having acquired the basic experience over many years of practice.

“The procedure required that they are subjected to a two-day intensive training to acquaint them with basic principles that they need to understand to be able to practice more professionally and responsibly, and that is what we have done since last Wednesday.”, he stated. 

On the choice of Uyo, Onourah explained that the exercise was organised to cover the South-South and the South-East region and Uyo being one of the states in the region, was selected with the hope that it would avail individuals in the areas the opportunity to get inducted.

In reaction to his new membership, a senior staff of the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Idris Madabaje said with the certification, he was now an all-rounder in the field of mass communication.

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