Established in 1963, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), is the non-governmental, not-for-profit professional body of qualified Public Relations practitioners chartered by Decree 16 of June 1990 (now an Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) to regulate the practice and direct the development of Public Relations as a profession in Nigeria.
The law also makes it illegal to practice Public Relations, under any title, without NIPR certification in Nigeria.
NIPR branch organisation in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) are called Chapters. Each has an elected Executive Council led by a Chairman. The National Secretariat with the Registrar and department heads appointed by council, constitutes the administrative hub of the Institute.
Members admitted to membership of the Institute are enrolled as public relations practitioners in the category of Fellows, Members, Associate, Graduate.
As the centre of policy initiatives, NIPR’s 22-member Governing Council, which is elected every two years directs the affairs of the Institute. Sitting as an electoral college, the Council elects the President and the Vice President of the institute who respectively serve as its Chairman and Vice Chairman. Acting on behalf of Council as the Chief Executive (CEO) of the institute, the president provides leadership in the management of NIPR business through the chapters, committees and the National Secretariat.