In a recent revelation, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has exposed that Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, lacks the necessary certification as a PR professional. This revelation has raised concerns as practicing public relations without proper certification is a criminal offense under the law governing the NIPR.
Under the guidance of Dr. Ike Neliaku, the newly elected governing council members of the NIPR made it clear that Mr. Ngelale does not meet the basic requirements and training criteria essential for holding his prestigious position within the Tinubu Presidency.
“We have diligently reviewed our records and membership register, and to our surprise, Ajuri Ngelale’s name is conspicuously absent. While one can excel in writing, broadcasting, or journalism, there are specific knowledge and qualification prerequisites that a communicator must possess before practicing Public Relations in Nigeria,” expressed a member of the governing council, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The NIPR Act outlines strict guidelines for the appointment of spokespersons and emphasizes the necessity for certification by the Institute. Engaging in Public Relations without proper authorization can lead to legal consequences, including imprisonment, fines, or both, as stipulated by the law.
This disclosure by the NIPR has raised questions about the qualifications of individuals occupying influential positions in the realm of public relations and highlights the importance of adhering to the established standards set by the Institute.