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  • History
  • In the Beginning
  • An Achievement
  • Printers Act

 

How Printing came to Nigeria, its Position and Development before the Printers Act

 

Printing was brought to Nigeria, through Calabar (Cross River State) in 1846 by Mr. Hope Waddel and Mr. Samuel Edgerly. They established a press by the name of HOPE WADDEL PRESS in Calabar.

 

Another Press was established in Abeokuta (Ogun State) in 1854 by Rev. Henry Townsend. The press was named after him, REVEREND HENRY TOWNSEND PRESS.

 

The composition of metal types into forms were done either by hand (Hand Composition) or monoytype and lino-type, while the proofing of composed metal forms were done on either letterpress pedaling machines or electric driven platen machines, vandercook Repro Press or the Milles Press.

 

During this period, the practice of printing was carried out by trained Printers only. The common problem by then was the monopoly of printing jobs by some letterpress printers.

 

In the early seventies, IBM Composing machines were brought to Nigeria for typesetting. This made the population of Graphic Artists in Nigeria to be on the increase, while the professional activities of letterpress printers were reduced drastically. That was the time Printers in Nigeria were suppose to have started seeking for an enabling law to regulate the practice of printing.

 

The introduction of the compugraphic machines and computer into the process of printing was to enhance its reproduction, but due to lack of a regulatory law, as to who should be allowed to practice printing in Nigeria, the advantage of computer to enhance the production of printing was turned upside down and became a license for quacks to rule the world of printing in Nigeria.

 

A Bill, requesting for a regulatory body was initiated and forwarded to the National Assembly of Nigeria in the year 2003 by the Association of Professional Printers of Nigeria (ASSPPON).

 

The Bill was approved by the Senate on 23rd May, 2007, and was signed into an Act in July 30th 2007 law by His Excellency, the President and Commander – in- Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Umaru Musa Yar – Adua (GCFR) in the name of CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PRINTERS OF NIGERIA (CIPPON).

 

The inauguration of council members and the election of principal officers took place at the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications, National Press Centre,, Radio House, Abuja in March 11th, 2008. It was presided over by the Honourable Minister of Information and Communications, Hon John Ogar Odey.

 

The first Council meeting after the inauguration was held on the 22nd April 2008 at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria. The meeting was presided over by Mr.Wahab Aderemi Muhammed Lawal, the first President and Chairman – in – Council of the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON).

 

Dated April 24, 2008.

 

The Commencement of the Journey to secure Regulatory Law

 

THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS ESTABLISHING A PROFESSIONAL BODY IN NIGERIA

 

On the 19th of November, 1981, an assembly of professional printers in Nigeria at its General Meeting resolved on the need for the registration of a professional body in Nigeria like the Institutes of Surveyors, Accountants, Architects etc. Before this date,the body had been existing in Nigeria as the Institute of Printing, Nigeria Branch, i.e. a branch of the Institute of Printing,

 

Kent. IOPN, was the first group that made vigorious attempts to secure the enabling law from 1981-1992 with the support of Association of Nigerian Printers(ANP) under the leadership of Chief J.I Omoniyi, former Director of Academy Press Plc. The Association of Nigeria Printers (ANP) accept only corporate bodies as its members. The current leader of the Association (ANP) is Dr. Emmanuel W.A Kukoyi.

 

Late High Chief Oriade Dr. E. W. A. Kukoyi Chief J. I. Omoniyi
LATE HIGH CHIEF ORIADE
Leader of IOPN
DR. E. W. A. KOKOYI
Leader ANP
CHIEF J. I. OMONIYI
Immediate Past Leader of ANP

 

 

AN ACHIEVEMENT (The Yoke was broken)

 

In the year 1993, when it was obvious that no regulatory law was forthcoming, another group of professional printers operating in Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State, Formed a professional body called Association of Professional Printers of Nigeria (ASSPPON) with the aim and objective of having a regulatory body for the printing industry in Nigeria. In the year 2003, this body (ASSPPON) initiated and promoted a bill privately sponsored by two legislators, Hon. Balla Ibn Nallah and Hon. Balla Ngillary.

 

After the passage of the Bill by the lower House of the Nation Assembly, the national adviser to the initiator of the Bill, (ASSPPON), the late Dr. Ismail Babatunde Jose, called a meeting of all Print Stakeholders and allied bodies to double the vote of confidence already passed on the members of ASSPPON, who are in the forefront of the struggle.

 

The Bill was approved by the Senate on 23rd May, 2007, and was signed into Law in July 30th 2007 by His Excellency, the President and Commander in- Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Umaru Musa Yar Adua (GCFR) in the name of CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PRINTERS OF NIGERIA (CIPPON).

The inauguration of council members and the election of principal officers took place at the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications, National Press Centre,, Radio House, Abuja in March 11th, 2008. It was presided over by the Honourable Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. John Ogar Odey.

 

The first Council meeting after the inauguration was held on the 22nd April 2008 at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria. The meeting was presided over by Mr.Wahab Aderemi O. Muhammed Lawal, the first President and Chairman in Council of the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON).

 

Late High Chief Oriade Dr. E. W. A. Kukoyi Chief J. I. Omoniyi
WAHAB A. O. MUHAMMED LAWAL
Leader of ASSPON
ALHAJI S. A. GARKIDA
1st Assistant Leader of ASSPPON
REV. NNOROM OKECHUKWU
2nd Assistant Leader of ASSPPON
     
  Dr. Ismail Babatunde Jose  
 

DR. ISMAIL BABATUNDE JOSE
Former M.D. Daily Times of Nigeria

Chairman, Irede Press Ltd.

 

 

PRINTERS ACT, No. 24 of 2007

 

Part of the Regulatory Guide to the Rule of Practice

 

  1. The printers Act (No 24, 2007) established the Chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria (CIPPON) charged with the duty of regulating, controlling, managing and administration of printers in Nigeria, and for related purposes.

  2. Anybody who is not a licensed Professional Printer, but using the designation implying that he is authorized by law to practice as a Professional Licensed Printer, commits an offence, punishable under the law.

  3. A person shall be entitled to be registered as a printing professional by the Institute if he satisfies the Council that, immediately before the commencement of the Printers Act, he has not less than five years experience as a printing executive of a company registered practitioners under the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

 

Section 7

 

(4) The Institute Shall:

(g)  Proffer Advice to the federal and state Government on printing activities.

(k)  Collect, Process and disseminate all printing data and information within and outside Nigeria.

(f)  Promote and encourage original work and research, or development leading to innovation in the science and art of printing, bookbinding, graphics design and graphic communication and to publish all useful result of such research.

 

 

Section 9

 

(5) Subject to the provision of this Act:

(i)   The Institute shall register and categorize printing houses in Nigeria.

(ii)  On the basis of area of specialization as it relates to the types of job that a printer or printing house should handle and the equipment possessed by such individual or corporate body.

 

 

Section 23

 

(6) (b) The Council ensures that no firm or partnership shall practice as printers in Nigeria unless it is registered by the Council.

      (2) Unless a person is a registered “Member” with the Institute, he is not qualified to be appointed or promoted to any senior or executive position in the printing and allied Industry.

 

 

Section 31

 

(7) (b) The Institute shall prescribe the form of license to be issued annually.

      (c) The Institute shall restrict the right to practice as a printing practitioner in default of payment of the amount of the Annual Subscription. Section 36 (8) (b) The printers Act may be cited as the chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria Act 2007, and shall apply throughout the federation.

 

 

Section 36


(8) (b) The printers Act may be cited as the chartered Institute of Professional Printers of Nigeria Act 2007, and shall apply throughout the federation.