AAAN Gets FG’s Nod for National Unity Campaign

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The Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) has secured the endorsement of the Ministry of Information and Culture for its plan to launch a national unity campaign on 1 October. This was disclosed in a release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Temitope Jemerigbe.Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai According to the release, the endorsement was given in Lagos yesterday by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during a meeting with AAAN’s Executive Board. The release quoted AAAN President, Mr. Steve Babaeko, as saying that the purpose of the meeting was to push for better cooperation with the ministry. He also noted that the decision to launch the national unity campaign was informed by the current situation in the country.Responding, Mohammed described the proposed campaign as a very “very patriotic move”. “What has really impressed me most today is your readiness to partnerwith the Federal Government to actually run a campaign on nationalunity. I think this is a very patriotic move, we commend it and we arevery eager to partner with you. “We must resist the temptation of some very selfish elite, who aregiving the impression that Nigerians will not want to stay as a nation,” he said. Babaeko commended the Federal Government over the appointment of DrOlalekan Fadolapo as the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of theAdvertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), saying he cameto the job with a huge wealth of experience from the industry and thathis appointment will further strengthen the relationship between thegovernment and the advertising industry. The Minister was accompanied to the meeting byDr. Fadolapo; as well as the Directors-General of the NigerianTelevision Authority and the National Broadcasting Commission, MallamYakubu Ibn Mohammed and Mallam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, respectively.
 CAPTION   From left: Mr Jenkins Alumina, Vice President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN); Dr. Lekan Fadolapo, Registrar/CEO, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON); Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and Mr. Steve Babaeko, President, AAAN, at a meeting with the Minister in Lagos on Friday.

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