USING REGULATION TO REVIVE THE AILING PRINT INDUSTRY – ROTIMI OLADELE, PhD

USING REGULATION TO REVIVE THE AILING PRINT INDUSTRY
BY
ROTIMI OLADELE, PhD
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Leadership And Corporate

Governance
July 14, 2021

Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Act 24 of 2007 enacted on July 30, 2007 by the National Assembly
(1) THE MANDATE
– Regulate – (Standard and Status)
– Control – (Checks)
– Manage – (functionality)
– Administer – organization (printers in Nigeria and for related purposes e.g. photography and textile design.

(2) ENABLEMENT
– Structure (Board/Council)
– Legality of Entity as Body Corporate
– Perpetual succession/common seal
– Answerability/Discipline
– Resource acquisition, holding and disposal
– Continuous Capacity Building of short duration
– Structured curriculum based capacity building.

Industry Status
Printing is an industry because it derives a wide and varied value chains. Also involves multi-skill processes. As an industry, it is a critical stakeholder in the scheme of the nation’s economy. It is a support services industry serving:
– Governance
– Commerce
– Defense
– Education
– Religion

Causatives And Ailments Killing Printing
– Import dependence
– Technology: capital intensiveness; obsoletion
– Incoherent policy and lack of supportive infrastructure and inaccessible funds
– Weak and overwhelmed judicial system (pursuit of copyright cases)
– Far – below standard curriculum
– Inadequate Training Institutions
– Corruption
– Social Media Threat
– Foreign Invasion
– Quackery

MUST DO
1. Build A Strong Leadership Structure And Internal Dynamics. Eschew divisions and sentiments, no matter the sacrifice required.
2. Establish A Befitting Physical platform whether rented or hired or built.
3. Design service portfolio and adopt branding as a corporate style and philosophy.
4. Build a good number of selfless committees by volunteering and selection.
5. Engage Academics to build a robust Research, Innovation and Development (RI&D) unit.
6. Build internal mechanism for continuous but short professional skill updating programmes.
7. Liaise with other stakeholders in Education and other non-governmental organizations to build a functional curriculum and examination series.
8. The Institute must mobilize the influence of the supervisory ministry to build synergy that will facilitate critical steps such as:
– Revisit full resuscitation of our paper mills by re-strategizing towards realistic collaborations.
– Influence the organized private sector and government to facilitate equipment/consumable franchising and opening of plant assemblage outlets. Nigeria is still a volume print consumer and it will remain for a little while before paperless culture overtakes us. Even at that, other subtrates are becoming more pronounced.

1. The internal judicial/disciplinary arm of the Institute must be kept strong and functioning to do justice.
2. More tertiary institutions should offer printing with befitting equipment while the existing schools should be rekitted.
3. All differences should be buried. Garment of forgiveness sewn and distributed for reconciliation and reunion celebrations. All cases from all sides should be withdrawn. All elders should touch their grey hairs and bless the institute while the younger flock members must stop doing what they will not want done to them when they are old.

Conclusion
Today will become yesterday. Both tomorrow and future shall become history but the content will be either for or against you. What should be remembered is that if we fail, others will come and build the future for the institute without us.

Thank you.