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New APCON Registrar Emerges

…He is Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, former AAAN ED … as Babaeko, Adekunle, others, laud appointment.

BrandiQ I Report

After long silence and months of keeping vigil anticipating the appointment of a new Registrar for the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON, the Federal Government has finally announced the appointment of Dr.Olalekan Fadolapo, former Executive Director of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), as the new substantive Registrar/CEO of the regulatory council. 

The appointment which takes immediate effect was conveyed through the office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, which is supervising ministry for the foremost regulatory body for the advertising industry in Nigeria.

Lai Mohammed

Following the appointment, Fadolapo takes over from Mrs.IjedidiIyoha who held the office in acting capacity since about two years ago. 

He becomes the Third Registrar/CEO of APCON in succession after the expiration of the tenure and retirement of Mr. Bello Kankarufi, immediate past Registrar/CEO of the Council. 

Fadolapo brings to bare a wealth of experience to the administration of APCON having served in various capacities first as Chief Accountant, and subsequently as Executive Director of the AAAN which is the pioneering sectorial group of the advertising industry Nigeria.

Heads of the various advertising Sectoral groups commented on the development.

In his congratulatory message, newly elected President of the AAAN, Mr. Steve Babaeko hailed the appointment, describing it as the best positive development in the industry.

Steve Babaeko

“Firstly on behalf of the Executive Board of the AAAN and the entire advertising community I’d like to say a big congratulations to Dr. LekanFadolapo. As the Executive Director of the AAAN he’ll be leaving a huge vacuum that will be hard to fill. Having said that, I don’t know too many people that are as eminently qualified for the APCON CEO/Registrar role than Dr. Fadolapo. Over the years, his wealth of experience and familiarity with all the challenges facing the advertising industry both from the practice and regulatory point of view is unparalleled. We wish him well on this new assignment and we look forward to working with him to move the industry forward”

Also speaking, Mr.TadeAdekunle, President of Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN) commended the appointment, describing it as the beginning of positive things to happen in the industry.

The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) was established by the Advertising Practitioners Registration Act No. 55 of 1988, as amended by Act No. 93 of 1992 and Act No. 116 of 1993 (now Advertising Practitioners Registration Act Cap A7 of 2004).

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