Secretary to Ogun State government– Mr. Tokunbo Talabi has called on the newly elected council members of Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) to put service to the institute first over self interest in order to move the industry to a greater height.
Mr. Talabi made this call during the recently held business dinner and fund raising event to mark the council members 100 days in office at Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja Lagos with theme of event – Building a strong professional institute for national development.
According to him, stakeholders in the printing industry should come up with best approaches towards increasing level of engagement and advocacy strategies for the smooth business operation of the industry.
In his chairman’s remarks, he says: “It is not easy to get to where we are currently but I’m certain that from here, its easier to move forward because the industry has waited for a time like this where everybody can come together and make progress with the affairs of this institute. This institution should be one of the strongest in the country if potentials are well harnessed. The institute can do so many things including certification and training for members”
Mr. Talabi cautioned the council members to reflect on the past mistakes of its founding fathers towards addressing the challenges affecting the institute.
His words: “ Our founding fathers had great ideas for the institute but later deviated from the original plan, I am using this platform to urge the newly elected members to reflect on the mistakes of our founding fathers in addressing the issue of non commitment of its personnel, sustainability of the business, as well as the need to put service delivery first before personal gains” He stated.
Furthermore, he says: “Selection of officers is something I need to address specifically today. Some of us are members of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Association of Small and Medium Scale Enterprise and we see how smaller companies grow. It is important to have key practitioners amongst the executives of CIPPON who can influence government policies through their actions and representations. Bold executives with strong voice that can create a scene to stop WAEC and ministry of education from printing their books overseas and begin to patronize our printers here in Nigeria” He stated
Also, the president of the institute- Mr. Gbemi Malomo during his speech and unveiling of his 7-Point Agenda aimed at ensuring an all-inclusive Institute that would not only build a sustainable structure for the industry but would also reconnect CIPPON with the Government in a bid to achieve the industry of our dreams. Significantly, the President’s 7-Point Agenda will:
- Ensure Nigerian jobs remain in Nigeria.
- Ensure fair and transparent government procurement policy.
- Pursuance of an intervention fund and easy access to funding printing business.
- Ensure a vibrant and skilled workforce.
- Resuscitation/revitalization of paper mills.
- Pursuance of a National Policy for Printing.
- Research and Development (R&D).
He stressed that to achieve these objectives, “the Institute will be run by a competent registrar and we challenge the Academia to offer their best brain for the day-to-day running of the Institute”. Mr. Malomo stated