The Council is the governing body of the Institute. Council members directly elect the President and the Vice President sitting as an electoral college. Ultimately all acts undertaken by the NIPR’s officers and staff are in the name of, and with the authority of, the Council.



Mallam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, fnipr



ACG. Adewale Adeniyi



1. Abimbola Raphael Olugbenga Ph.D

2. Rev. Fr. Prof. Boniface Anthony Chiejina Obiefuna

2. Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, fnipr

3. Mr. Haroun Harry Audu, fnipr

4. Ahaji Kabiru Garba Aminu

5. Alhaji Muhammad Haruna Ibrahim

6. Dr. Ike Neliaku, fnipr

7. Dr. Joseph D. Fanafa

8. Alhaji Kabiru Garba Aminu

9. Hajiya Maryam Isa Mele

10. Mrs. Nkechi Ali-Balogun, fnipr

11. Mr. Ohaeri Osondu, fnipr

12. Mrs. Thelma Chika Okoh

13. Mr. Osuji Sunny Dominic

14. Mr. Samuel Toby Oseloka

15. Sule Ya'u Sule Ph.D, fnipr

16. Mr. Peter Dama

17. Mr. Olusina Thorpe

18. Dr. Tayo Haastrup

19. Mrs. Priscilla Ihuoma, mni, fnipr

20. Brig. Gen. SK Usman (Rtd), mni, fnipr 



There are currently four ‘Standing Committees’: Membership; Professional Practices; Training and Development; Business Services & Revenue. A member of staff is allocated to each committee to provide advice and support. A Disciplinary Committee meets when necessary to consider references to it by the Professional Practices Committee.



NIPR’s 22-member Governing Council composed of 17 elected members sitting as an electoral college, and 5 members appointed by the Federal Government. Acting on behalf of Council as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, the President provides leadership in the management of NIPR business through the chapters, committees and the National Secretariat.



NIPR branch organisation in States which are called Chapters. Each has an elected executive council led by a chairman.

See directory 

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Public Relations Practitioners Decree No. 16 of 1990 empowers the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations to determine what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by Public Relations practitioners. For high standards of practice. The Institute must from time to time upgrade its Code of Professional Conduct. The decree empowers the Council to make byelaws and other rules not inconsistent with this decree as to acts which constitute professional misconduct

In pursuance of the provision of the decree, the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations hereby makes the following Bye Laws to be known as "The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Code of Professional Conduct Bye-laws No. 1 of 1992















A Member shall:  

Have a positive duty to observe the highest standards in the practice of Public Relations and to deal fairly and honestly with employers and clients (past and present), fellow members and professionals, the public relations profession, other professions, suppliers, intermediaries, the media of communications, employees and above all, the public


Expected standard of Public Relations practice


Be aware of, understand and observe this Code, any amendment to it,

and any other codes which shall be incorporated into it, remain up to

date with the content and recommendations of any guidance or

practice papers issued by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and have a duty to conform to good practice as expressed in such guidance or practice papers.


Up-to-date knowledge of developments in the profession


Uphold this Code and co-operate with fellow Members to enforce decisions on any matter arising from its application. A Member whoknowingly causes or allows his or her staff to act in a manner inconsistent with the Code is party to such action and shall be deemed to be in breach of this Code. Staff employed by a Member who acts in a manner inconsistent with this Code should be disciplined by the Member.


Upholding the code



Vicarious liability of members


All disputes within the Institute must be resolved through the Internal machinery of the institute-namely, the State Chapter Executive Committees, the Investigating Panel and the Tribunal.


Reference adjudication of dispute


A Member shall not:                                                                                                           

             Engage in any practice nor be seen to conduct him or herself in any manner detrimental to the reputation of the Institute or the reputation and interest of the public relations profession.





Issue unauthorized statement about the Institute to the media except the statement is authorized by the President                                         

Requirement of Presidents consent before publication of any statement



Circulate or disclose the content of any of the Council's Minutes of Meetings without the approval of the Council, the President or Vice President

Exposure of council's minutes, subject to approval



Bring the Institute, its officers or members to public ridicule.




Damage the professional reputation of the Institute, the officers of the Institute or its members.








A Member shall:  

Conduct his or her professional activities with proper regard to the Public interest.


Scrutiny of information before dissemination



Have a positive duty at all times to respect the truth and shall not disseminate false or misleading information knowingly or recklessly and take proper care to check all information prior to its dissemination.




When working in association with other professionals, identify and respect the codes of those professions.


Respect for code of other professionals


Respect any statutory or regulatory codes laid down by any other authorities which are relevant to the actions of his or her employer or client, or taken on behalf of an employer or client


Respect for regulatory codes


Honour confidences received or given in the course of professional activity




Neither offer nor give, or cause an employer or client to give any Inducement to holders of Public office or members of any statutory body or organization who are not directors, executives or retained consultants, with intent to further the interests of the employer or client if such action is inconsistent with the public interest








Prohibition from inducement giving of





A Member shall:

Safeguard the confidence of both present and former employers or clients; shall not


disclose or use these confidences to the disadvantage or prejudice of such employers or clients, or to the financial advantage of the Member (unless the employer or clients has released such information for public use or has given specific permission for disclosure), except upon the order of a Court of law.



Safeguarding confidences


Be free to accept fees, commissions or other valuable considerations from persons other than an employer or client, if such considerations are disclosed to the employer or client.              

Acceptance of benefits subject to consent of employer.



Be free to negotiate or renegotiate with an employer or client terms that are a fair reflection of demands of the work involved and take into account factors other than hours worked and the experience involved. These special factors which are also applied by other professional advisers shall have regard to all the circumstances of the specific situation and in particular to:


  1. The complexity of the issue, ease, problem or assignment, and the difficulties associated with its completion.


  1. The professional or specialized skills required, and the degree of responsibility involved.


  1. The amount of documentation necessary to be perused or prepared and its importance.


  1. The place and circumstances where the work is carried out in whole or in part.


  1. The scope, scale and value of the task and its importance as an activity, issue or project to the employer or client.


Negotiation of remuneration


Charge fees when a client calls for proposals for an assignment, but the Member was not retained to execute the proposal




Member shall not:

Misuse information regarding his or her employer's or client's business for financial or other gain.




Serve an employer or client under terms or conditions which might impair his or her independence, objectivity or integrity




Represent conflicting interests but may represent competing interests with the express consent of the parties concerned.


Non-representation of conflicting interest


Guarantee the achievement of results which are beyond the members direct capacity to achieve or prevent



Making unrealistic promise








A Member shall:

Adhere to the highest standards of accuracy and truth avoiding extravagant claims or unfair comparisons and giving credit for ideas and words borrowed from others.


Proficiency and recognition of the capabilities of others





Be free to represent his or her capabilities and service to any potential employer or client either on his or her own initiative or at the behest of any client, provided in so doing he or she does not seek to break any existing contract or detract from the reputation or capabilities of any member already serving that employer or client.






Member shall not:

Injure the professional reputation or practice of another member.              












In the interpretation of this Code, the decisions of the Investigating Panel and Disciplinary Tribunal set up by the Institute shall be final. A breach of the Code of Professional Conduct Bye-laws should be reported in writing to the Chairman of the Investigating Panel of the Institute. The Panel and Tribunal will carry out their functions as provided by Decree 16 of 1990.




Report of breach


Functions of Investigating Panel and Disciplinary Tribunal



A breach of the Code will earn reprimand suspension or expulsion from the Institute





Penalty for breach

  • To provide a professional structure for the practice of public relations.
  • To enhance the ability and status of our members as professional practitioners.
  • To represent and serve the professional interests of our members.
  • To provide opportunities for members to meet and exchange views and ideas.
  • To raise standards within the profession through the promotion of best practice – including the production of best practice guides, case studies, training events and our continuous professional development scheme ‘Developing Excellence’.

Our Aim is:

  • To be the leading regional public relations organisation.
  • To unite the PR profession and bring all persons / organisations under a common banner.
  • To represent the industry on PR issues so as to establish growth for the profession as a whole.
  • To enhance the image of public relations in Nigeria

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 National Assembly). This Law empowers the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations to register members, regulate and monitor 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, comprising 17 Elected and 5 Federal Government Nominated Memebers 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 – 2018

Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo  2018 - Current 



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.

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