The principal solicitor at Alamu & Co – Barrister Alamu Oluwole has called on the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) to work with the Corporate Affairs Commission to ensure no individual practice printing without being registered with the Chartered body
Oluwole made this call during the Print Industry Forum Webinar organized by DCS Integrated Media Limited on Wednesday with the theme X RAYING THE CIPPON ACT, 2007
According to him, the CIPPON ACT, 2007 was enacted by the highest law-making body in Nigeria – the National Assembly and took effect on July 30, 2007 and the Act established the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria otherwise known as the Printers Institute
“Sections 2,5 and 7 of the Act vests on the Governing Council the responsibility of managing the affairs of the institute and determining the qualifications and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members of the printing profession. Section 23 of the Act deals with regulating the registration of printing practitioners. Section23 (b) states that ‘’no firm or partnership shall practice as printers in Nigeria unless it is registered by the Council”
This is one grey area in the CIPPON ACT 2007. The wordings of the ACT make it mandatory for every firm or partnership to be registered by the institute to practice as printers in Nigeria. However, the Act is silent about individuals practicing as printers”
Oluwole added: “there is a need for the institute to work in tandem with the Corporate Affairs Commission to prevent persons who are not registered with CIPPON from registering or floating printing companies. This is what applies when it comes to the registration of professional companies like engineering firms, medical centres, and even schools.
The moment the Corporate Affairs Commission registers a company, the company has the backing of the law to practice the stated objects in its memorandum and articles of associations” He said