The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON, now has a new registrar/chief executive officer. He is Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, formerly executive director and CEO of Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN. According to a letter, which was conveyed to the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president, Fadolapo’s appointment took effect from 1 Sept. 2020. The federal government also approved the appointment of other chief executive officers for eight other agencies under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
The appointments took effect from 1 Sept. 2020 as well. The CEOs and their respective agencies are Mr. Buki Ponle, managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria and Mr. Nura Sani Kangiwa, 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. Prior to Alhaji Garba Bello Kankarofi retirement in 2018, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha was appointed the acting registrar/CEO of APCON to avoid a vacuum in leadership in the regulatory body. New APCON boss assumes office The new registrar/CEO of APCON formally assumed office on Tuesday, 1st of September as the 4th substantive registrar/CEO of the apex regulatory body. The brief handover ceremony which was presided by the acting registrar, Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha, was held in the conference room at APCON House, Lagos. While handing over, Iyoha urged staff to support and cooperate with the new registrar in his drive to take the organization to greater heights. Dr.Fadolapo, popularly called Lekan, who was received by top management and staff of the Council expressed gratitude to God and to the Federal Government for the confidence reposed in him to serve the nation in that capacity, pledging to build on the successes and achievements of his predecessors in realising the organization’s mandate. He said the remarkable stewardship and achievements of his predecessors were possible as a result of the harmonious working relationship that existed within the high-level management and staff, adding that there was the need to build on these achievements. He, therefore, solicited new ideas and suggestions from staff, aimed at making things work seamlessly and also urged them to brace up for hard work. Lekan hails from Esie in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State and was born in Lagos. He attended Birch Freeman High School, Surulere, Lagos for his O’ Levels. He proceeded to Ogun State University for his first degree in Economics. He holds three Master degrees - MSc in Marketing, Master in Business Administration (MBA), and Master in Legal Studies (MILS) from Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State, the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, and Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State respectively. He also holds a Ph.D. in marketing with a specialization in Marketing Communications from the Babcock University, Illisan Remo, Ogun State. Dr.Fadolapo is a registered advertising practitioner, a chartered accountant, and a fellow of ICAN. He was a member of the immediate past governing council of APCON and also served in several capacities within the council and other advertising industry fora. He has been the executive director/CEO of AAAN since 1998, Recall that for long, 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.