The saying; whoever continues to do the right thing will eventually emerge victorious is the best analogy to describe the latest victory of the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria [CIPPON] on the Abeokuta court case.
Words getting to Printer’s Digest from CIPPON secretariat say the Judge who was supposed to take up the case refused to do so as the case already has been given a verdict.
Recall that the ‘Change@CIPPON’ group which happen to be a pressure group came up due to the nonchalance of the then CIPPON administration led by Alhaji Muhammed Lawal and took him to court over his [Lawal] refusal to step down as President of CIPPON after the expiration of his 4 years tenure as President of the Council as stipulated by the ACT establishing the institute. The ‘Change@CIPPON’ group won the case in December 18, 2018 as the judgment was in their favor.
After this, an election was held; July 10 2019 where Gbemi Malomo emerged the president of CIPPON. Meanwhile a day before this election, Alhaji Lawal headed to the Court in Abeokuta to challenge the judgement given in favour of the Change@CIPPON pressure group. However, the case was thrown out by Justice Watila in Abeokuta. According to Justice Watila the case cannot be heard in his court since it has already been judged by a court of competent jurisdiction.
According to a statement made available to Printer’s Digest Magazine, on his part on hearing the news, CIPPON President, Mr. Gbemi Malomo said his wish is that all stakeholders will come together for the sake of the industry. “The job of making printing profitable again is for everyone”, he stressed.
Also, Mr. Malomo used the landmark judgment to reach out again to everyone, appealing that the industry is bigger than any individual and the work of rebuilding it especially Post COVID-19 is for all, young or old, male or female.
in the meantime, industry stakeholders have been enjoined to take advantage of one of CIPPON’s Palliatives for stakeholders during this COVID-19 pandemic that afford all intending members to obtain their registration form free of charge. According to Business Development Manager of CIPPON – Mrs. Rotimi Adeaga, the form which is also on CIPPON website – www.cippon.org can equally be obtained from the CIPPON Secretariat located on the first floor of Block B (behind Union Bank building) on the popular Adebowale House, 150 Ikorodu Road, Onipanu Bus Stop, Lagos.
You can also call CIPPON Hotline 08092CIPPON (0809 244 7766) or send a request mail to email@example.com to know the nearest CIPPON Coordinator to you.