According to Saudat Abdulbaqi, PR Officer for the organization's Kwara branch, "NIPR had issued a directive as part of resolutions adopted at the institute’s recent national conference and annual meeting in Makurdi."
Quoting provisions stipulated in Decree No. 16 of 1990, now an Act of Nigeria's National Assembly, Saudat said the NIPR had been formally recognized as a chartered body enjoying the same status as lawyers and doctors. However, with that she said that only registered members of the Institute could now address themselves as PR practitioners.
“Non-members who parade themselves as PRs can now be apprehended, dragged into court, and have both fine and imprisonment imposed on them,’” she said.
Abdulbaqi advised PR practitioners to register with the Institute, ASAP.