Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi have tasked stakeholders in the printing industry to come up with best approaches towards increasing its level of engagement and advocacy strategies for the smooth business operation in the industry.
Mr.Talabi gave this charge at a Business Dinner cum lecture of the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON), held at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos .
The State Scribe, who maintained that the printing industry in Nigeria had been a critical stakeholder with the highest employer of labour in the country said their contribution to national development cannot be over- emphasised.
He cautioned members of the Institute to reflect on the past mistakes of its founding fathers towards addressing the challenges affecting the body.
According to him “Our founding fathers had a novel idea in mind, but in the process something went wrong. So, I use these platform to urge the newly transformed CIPPON to reflect on the past mistakes of our founding fathers towards addressing the issue of non commitment of its personnel, sustainability of the business, as well as the need to put service delivery first before personal gains”, he stated.
Talabi charged the Executive of the institute, as well as its members to look inward on how to best regulate the sector from undue infiltration by non-proffesssionals, calling on them to look for workable templates that could broaden the scope and develop the industry from dwindling.
In their separate charges, Chairman of the Institute, Mr. Olugbemi Malomo said the association was established by Act 24 of 2007, saddled with duty of regulating, controlling and managing the affairs of printing and other printing -related materials in the country, buttressing that the industry, which is a major stakeholder in national and international development was still the second largest employer of labor in NIgeria, third in America and UK as well.
Also, the President , Institute of Packaging of Nigeria (IOPN), Dr. Ajani Shakirudeen Abidemi said printing was an integral aspect of packaging whose role to national development was huge and very meaningful, commending CIPPON for its effort in changing the narrative to better the lot of its customers.
Publisher of Lantern Books, Otunba ‘Yinka Lawal -Solarin, who had been in the printing business for over 50years, described printers as “very strategic” partners of government, whose role was evident in our daily life’s.
Otunba Solarin therefore called on government to support the institute for quality service delivery.