In December last year when President Muhammadu Buhari appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government-owned agencies and parastatals, advertising bodies raised alarm following the appointment of a politician and non-professional and adverting practitioner, Hon. Jacob Sunday, as chair of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). It shunned the laws governing the council and practitioners in its decision.
The appointment was a big shock to industry stakeholders, who expected the Presidency to choose one of the top shots in the advertising industry to head APCON. When Buhari dissolved the council two years ago, stakeholders raised eye-brows and argued that the decision would hamper proposed advertising reforms, which were aimed at ensuring compliance with codes of advertising practice and rules of engagement for foreign investors. Read more