The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations has alleged that the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale is not qualified to practice public relations job.
This was disclosed by the newly elected Governing Council Members of the institute under the leadership of Dr. Ike Neliaku while speaking with newsmen.
According to the NIPR Governing Council Members, Ngelale is not a certified member of the institute, noting that without the basic knowledge and requisite training on PR, he is ordinarily not ‘fit’ to hold the exalted position he now occupies in the Tinubu Presidency.
“We have checked our records and membership register and we could not find Ajuri Ngelale in the list.
“One can be a good writer, broadcaster or journalist but there are set parameters of knowledge a communicator needs to acquire including qualification before he/she can practice Public Relations in Nigeria.
“The law establishing NIPR provides laid-down rules about appointing spokespersons which also makes it a criminal offence for anybody to practice Public Relations by whatever name without certification by the Institute.
“The NIPR act stipulates punishment for illegal practice including imprisonment, fine, or both,” said one of the governing council members who spoke in confidence.