The Federal Government has inaugurated the Advertising Offences Tribunal to deal with violations of the provisions of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) Act No. 23 of 2022.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, inaugurated the tribunal at a ceremony in Abuja on Thursday.
Mohammed said that the tribunal supports the activities of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria.
He said, “The Council was vested with the power to regulate and control advertising in Nigeria in all aspects and ramifications. In order to ensure the success of the Council in carrying out her statutory responsibilities, the Advertising Offences Tribunal was established by the Act.
“The Tribunal is empowered to entertain all matters of violations of the provisions of the Act, the Code of Advertising Practice, Standard of Practice, and other subsidiary legislations made pursuant to the Act.”
The newly-inaugurated tribunal is chaired by Justice Cecilia Olatoregun. The other members of the tribunal include; Mr. Charles Odenigbo, Mr. Moroof Aileru, Mrs. Julia Oku Jack, Alhaji Bello Kankarofi, and Mr. Idorenyen Enang.
Mohammed added that “The Federal Government will continue to support the advancement of the advertising industry in Nigeria and will ensure that being a nation with remarkable characteristics as well as diverse ethnic, cultural and religious background, advertising, advertisement and marketing communications will be carried out with a level of decency as well as respect for cultural values and constitutional tenets.”