THE Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the government has given approval for the implementation of reform initiatives of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria in order to strengthen the industry, encourage inclusive growth and attract investment to the ecosystem.
A statement by said Mohammed disclosed this in Epe, Lagos State, on Saturday, at the 49th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria.
“As many of you are aware, one of the bold and necessary steps we have taken in recent times is the approval of the ongoing reform initiatives of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). The reform is aimed at strengthening the advertising ecosystem, encouraging inclusive growth as well as attracting investment to the industry,” he said.
In his paper, entitled, “The New World Order: Digital Transformation in Communication,’’ the Minister said advertising and brand marketing were prime examples of sectors where consumer data were critical, hence the need to leverage technology for direct engagement with the audiences.
He said in a world rapidly changing in its dynamics of opportunity and risks, talking directly with consumers in a data-enabled environment had taken brands and entrepreneurs closer to their consumers more than ever before.
“The odds of success or solution to any challenge in this new world order is as high as our regard for the power of digital technology. And the entrepreneurial opportunities lying in wait at that crossroad between technology and the economy of sectors like advertising and brand communication is vast and you, as industry leaders, must continue to harness a variety of talents and competences to take maximum advantage of the opportunities presented,” Mohamed said.
He said the realisation of the power of technology in brand communication necessitated the setting up of the Ministerial Task Team on Audience Measurement System to give legal and constitutional framework to a national, systemic, accountable and data-driven understanding of the impact of communication on consumer behaviour.
Mohammed further noted that the Federal Government was committed to exploring all the opportunities offered by the social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp for the benefit of the people, noting that some of the major tech giants had shown interest in investing and exploring business opportunities in the Nigerian digital space.
In his address of welcome, the President of AAAN, Mr. Steve Babaeko, commended the Minister for his untiring efforts towards repositioning the advertising ecosystem in Nigeria.
The Minister was accompanied to the event by the Registrar/Chief Executive of APCON, Dr. Olalekan Fadolapo, and the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Folorunsho Coker.