Members of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria turned up in their numbers at Benizia Hotel Asaba between Wednesday July 26th and Saturday July 29th for the 32nd Annual General Meeting themed: “Managing Our Business Profitably in a Recession”.
The AGM among other business discussions, was meant to host an election of new officers that would pilot the affairs of the Association in the next two years. But in what could be termed a twist of fate, all the contesting officers who had served in 2015/2017 were returned unopposed.
However, Mrs. Modupe Adewuyi relinquished her Ex-Officio Seat to Mr. George Onwujiariri and took up the mantle of the Treasurer of the Association as Mr. Atilola Odudare did not recontest for his Treasurer position.
These are the Exco members for 2017/2019 Regime:
|1||Mr. Tunde Adedoyin||Media Views Ltd||President|
|2||Mr. Emmanuel Ajufo||Opportunity To See Limited||Vice President|
|3||Mr. Femi Ogala||Twenty First Limited||General Secretary|
|4||Mr. Tunde Oyekan||Colour Image Publicity Limited||Assistant General Secretary|
|5||Mrs. Dupe Adewuyi||Standout Advert. Limited||Treasurer|
|6||Mr. Obi Nnaobi||Lookout Comm. Limited||Publicity Secretary|
|7||Mr. Charles Chijide||Charella Nigeria Limited||IPP/Ex-Officio|
|8||Mrs. Ify .P. Onukwuba||Nigeria Advertising
|9||Mr. Churchill Nwagwu||Spread Out Limited||Ex-Officio|
|10||Mr. George Onwujiariri||Mario Sanctus Limited||Ex-Officio|
With these positions occupied, two Ex-Officio seats are still vacant. These, it is hoped would be filled at the next general meeting of the Association through an election.
At the business session which was declared open by the Honorable Commissioner for Commerce Delta State, Mary Iyasere who represented the Executive Governor Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa, many issues were raised. In her speech, she urged Practitioners to always put the environment into cognizance as they embark on their business pursuit.
On his part, the newly appointed Managing Director of Delta State Signage & Advertisement Agency, Mr. Kenneth Onyeka made an attempt at mapping out how the business of Outdoor Advertising could thrive in an unfavourable economic landscape.
While the President, Mr. Tunde Adedoyin in enumerating the score card of his administration stated that, “As an Association, we are faced with so many challenges but we have been very resolute in our collective decision to tower above every challenge that confronts our great Association on both fronts; individually and collectively”.
He noted among other things the establishment of a library at the OAAN Secretariat which he said is to “give members and their staff opportunity to improve on their knowledge of the industry as well as learn to imbibe the best global practice of the profession”. He called for donation of books and other necessary tools to properly equip the library.
Mr. Adedoyin talked on the Association’s Constitution that is being reviewed to meet the yearnings of the members; as well as the appointment of Patrons for the Association in the persons of Prof Pat Utomi of the Pan African University, one-time Presidential aspirant, a Political Economist and Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Nike Akande, a renowned industrialist, former two-time Minister of Trade and Commerce of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the current President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He appreciated hosts of dignitaries who spared time to grace the occasion. These include the Delta State Commissioners for Information and Economic Planning Messrs Patrick Ukah and Kingsley Emu, respectively. Others were Mr. Jude Emecheta, Managing Director Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency and Mrs. Ijedi Iyoha, the Assistant Director, Regulation, Monitoring and Enforcement Directorate of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) who represented the Registrar, Alhaji Garba Bello Kankarofi.
The General Secretary of the Association, Mr. Femi Ogala acknowledged the members for upgrade and induction, to the applause of participants at the AGM. Below is the list:
|SN||Company Name||Chief Executive Officer|
|Upgraded Members (Full Members)|
|1||Ocean Outdoor Limited||Mr. Babs Fagade|
|2||Dynamic Displays Marketing & Communication Limited||Mr. Segun Ogungbangbe|
|Upgraded Members (Associate)|
|3||Adscape Limited||Mr. Uche Ekwueme|
|NEWLY INDUCTED MEMBERS (Associate)|
|4||Adpath Media Limited||Mr. Adeniyi Awonaike|
|5||Interlink Multiconcept Limited||Mr. Akeem Ogungbangbe|
|6||Landmark Media Limited||Mr. Akinsiku Olusola Isaac|
|7||Yellow Spirit Nigeria Limited||Mr. Faysal Halabi|
|NEWLY INDUCTED MEMBER (Pre-Associate)|
|10||Afromedia Airports Limited||Otunba Akin Ire Olapade|
The admission ceremony of these companies was performed at the “Gala Nite” where members relaxed and networked in an atmosphere of camaraderie. High point of the night was the President’s award of “Certificates of Excellence” to the various Committee members who had contributed to the success story of his tenure.
The blue print of issues confronting the Association as were raised by members at the Business Session would be provided by the Committee that was constituted at the AGM with its Chairman as Mr. Sola Akinsiku.