Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) hitherto known as the Public Relations Association of Nigeria (until when it was renamed in 1972) was established in 1963. The body attained the status of a Chartered Institute on June 1st 1990 through Decree No. 16 (now an Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria). By virtue of this law, NIPR derived the power to register members, regulate and monitors the practice/development of the PR Profession as well monitor professional conducts through an established Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. As it is the practice with respectable professional organizations everywhere, the law allows standard academic and professional qualifications for admissions into the Institute.
At the helm of the Institute’s affairs is the President, assisted by a Vice President – in a 22-member Governing Council, from which 17 were elected and 5 appointed by the federal government of Nigeria every two years. The President and Vice president are elected by electoral college constituted by the council to preside over the affairs of the institute. There after they are referred to as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively. Administratively, the council appoints a Registrar, whose duty among others, is to prepare and maintain the register of members in accordance with the rules made by the Council.
From inception till date (1963 – 2014), the Institute has produced thirteen (13) Presidents.
Dr. Sam Epelle 1963 – 1968
Chief Kanu Offonry 1968 – 1972
Tonye Willie Harry 1972 – 1976
Alhaji Ikhaz Yakubu 1976 – 1980
Chief Bob Ogbuagu 1980 – 1984
Chief Alex Akinyele 1984 – 1988
Mazi Mike Okereke 1988 – 1993
Alhaji Sabo Mohammed 1993 – 1998
Chief Jibade Oyekan 1998 – 2001
Senebo Bobo Brown 2001 – 2005
Professor Ike Nwosu 2005 – 2009
Alhaji Mohammed A. Abdullahi 2009 – 2013
Dr. Rotimi Oladele 2013 –till date
The history of NIPR’s formation will not be complete without referencing the foundation members; who include, the pioneer President – Late Dr. Sam Epelle, Alex Nwokedi, Aduke Alakija, Theo Awobogu, Kunle Ojora, Wilton High and Dan Agbakova, who came together and pulled the first initiative that resulted in the establishment of the Institute.