The Federal Government has constituted the much-awaited Advertising Offences Tribunal, an independent specialised judicial body established to ensure equity, openess, fairness, and impartiality in all disputes and offences committed under the new ARCON Act.
A statement issued by the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON), and made available to the journalists, said the Tribunal would aid the enforcement of the new advertising law in a move to ensure high ethical standards and professionalism in advertising industry.
According to ARCON, the Tribunal will be chaired by Honourable Justice Cecilia M.A. Olatoregun, with Messrs. Charles Odenigbo, Moroof Aileru Esq, and Idorenyen Enang, as well as Mrs. Julia Oku Jacks, as members.
The advertising regulatory agency, revealed that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the appointments in line with Section 38 of ARCON Act No 23 of 2022.
The ARCON statement reads: “the federal government has constituted the Advertising Offences Tribunal and appointed a chairman and four other members to adjudicate over offences created under Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria Act No.23 of 2022, Code of Advertising Practice, Standard of Practice, Proclamation, and other relevant enactments made pursuant to the Act.”
According to the statement, the Tribunal is an independent specialised judicial body established to ensure equity, openness, fairness and impartiality in all disputes and offences committed or allegedly committed under the Act, adding that the Tribunal will advocate speedy hearing and timely resolution of all matters before it.
Justice Cecilia M. A. Olatoregun (rtd) whose appointment comes in line with section 38 of the Act, served meritoriously as a Judge of the Federal High Court from July 2000 to November 2019.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was the chief registrar and Admiralty Marshal of the Federal High Court from November 1998 to July 2000. As an administrative Judge, she oversaw 11 Judges in the Lagos Division and presided over 4 divisions of the Federal High Court.
Mr. Charles Odenigbo, a Reg,,istered Advertising Practitioner, and former executive secretary of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), an advertising, entertainment, and media law expert with almost three decades of experience in law practice.
He is the director general of Centre for Media Law and Development; and was recently appointed as the alternate chairman of the Media and Creative Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
On his part, Moroof Aileru, a legal practitioner with over 20 years post-call experience in litigation, is vastly experienced in arbitration, corporate law practice and litigation. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Mrs. Julia Oku Jacks, one of the founding partners of SO&U Saatchi & Saatchi and a Fellow of ARCON, is a very distinguished and respected Amazon in the Nigerian Advertising industry. She has over three decades work experience in academics, advertising and marketing communications. She has chaired several industry creative awards and has facilitated several training courses within and outside the industry.
Mr. Idorenyen Enang is currently the president of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) and a Fellow of ARCON. A former president of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), he has, over the years, served as marketing director and chief executive officer of several multinational companies and has been on the boards of several global organizations within and outside the Nigeria.
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