Expert expresses fear over merger of aviation agencies
APCON solicits media partnership to sanitise practice
As industry experts give divergent opinion on the proposed merger of aviation agencies, acting Rector of Ilorin International Aviation College, Captain Abdulmumeen AbdulKareem yesterday said though the merger was a welcome idea, it could be hampered by bureaucracy.
Speaking with Daily Trust in Ilorin, the rector noted that there was nothing wrong in merging agencies like NAMA, FAAN, NCAA and NIMET if plan had been put in place to effectively harmonise their operations without bureaucratic bottleneck.
However, he expressed fear that Nigeria lacked the equipment and expertise to put those organisations under one umbrella.
The Rector, a pilot of over 30 years experience with Airline Transport Pilot Licence, said, “We have seen examples before where organisations merge and instead of working better and having a good synergy, it takes them years to stabilize. So I think if they have merged, that is our fear but we as professionals, we want things to work properly.”
Captain Abdulkareem added, “For everything to work better, it is good for the benefit of the organisations and the industry especially those sensitive organisations as FAAN, NAMA and the NCAA but the fear is that it is bureaucracy that will hinder the progress envisaged by the committee and the federal government. The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has solicited the cooperation of media establishments in the sanitisation of advertising practice in Nigeria.
The Zonal Head North West of APCON, Mr. Ahmad S. Yalwa, made the appeal when he led his members on a courtesy call on the management of Media Trust Limited in Abuja yesterday.
Yalwa said: “We want to ensure that the standard practices as provided by the laws are adhered to. All forms of advert are required to go through the Advertising Standard Panel (ASP) in a bid to protect Nigerians from exploitation.”
The ASP unit is responsible for the pre-exposure vetting and clearance of advertisements to ensure that only decent, honest, and truthful advertisements are exposed in the Nigerian media and to ensure that advertisements exposed to the public reflect a high sense of social responsibility.
According to Yalwa, ASP certificates can be obtained in one day and the practise would not affect the business or revenue of media organization.
He also charged media establishment to ensure that advertising practitioners on their pay roll are mandated to take up membership of APCON to equip themselves with relevant knowledge for the practice of the profession.
Yalwa informed of the APCON plans to organize a public forum on the 26th of June to educate the public on political advertisement in view of the electioneering activities towards the 2015 general election.
Alhaji Ahmed Yelwa, zonal head, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, during his visit to Media Trust Headquarters in Abuja yesterday. ABUBAKAR YAKUBU