NIPR threatens to publish names of unlicensed practitioners

THE Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has threatened to publish a comprehensive list of all unlicensed public relations officers occupying various offices in the country.

NIPR President, Mr Mukhtar Sirajo, spoke in Abuja during a familiarisation tour of a new television station, AD4TVRadio, located in Jabi.

Sirajo disclosed that the institute was currently compiling the list, adding that once completed it would be published as part of efforts to deal with quackery in the system.

Sirajo, accompanied by officials of NIPR, where he also disclosed that the institute had been engaging some spokesmen in strategic communication, warning them to be on the side of the law as the harmer would soon fall.

He maintained that NIPR was a creation of the law which criminalises the practice of those not licensed by the institute, adding that according to law, the institute is empowered to set parameters of knowledge to be acquired to practise public relations.

“Part of the enabling law mandates the attorney-general of the federation to set up a tribunal to arrest and prosecute people caught practising public relations by any other name without license. The punishment for practising without license is either imprisonment, or fine or both,” he said.

The NIPR boss said the organisation was not interested in embarrassing people but had no other choice than to publish the list as some have failed to comply with the law.

On his visit to AD4TVRadio, he described the organisation as very promising while advising handlers of the TV station not to compromise professionalism as it would soon become a household name if they stay the course.

“I like what I have seen and the story will be better tomorrow. It is an outfit that didn’t come out until it was prepared,” he said.

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