DEMOLA BABALOLA OYO NUJ CHAIRMAN
The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Oyo State Council has lauded the inventor of the Portrait Pole Post (P3), Fashogbon Abiodun David for his ingenuity and sense of corporate responsibility, describing his accomplishment as another indication of the first mantra of Ibadan.
The Oyo NUJ boss, Demola Babalola who made this call while reacting on the achievement of Fashogbon, the CEO of Fizzie Republic said his story should serve as an inspiration to other youths that Nigerian business space is still very favourable to entrepreneurs and youths with genuine viable visions.
Babalola however, thanked the Fizzie Republic for offering to promote the Oyo NUJ’s activities free of charge on their P3 within Oyo State.
Fashogbon, while telling his story described his firm as Outdoor Out of Home Advertising (OOH) with a product called Portrait Pole Post (P3), an invention of Fizzie Republic, saying it’s a graduation from the former A frame, which is actually placed on the floor on the road.
He said the idea came into his mind when the former governor in the State proscribed putting an adverts board on the middle of the road, the act that always constituted threat to the environmental outlook of the city and vehicles on the roads.
“We started with the A frame and there was a directive from the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo State that we’re littering the street, which was a candid decision because it was actually littering the street, because our A frame were put on the ground without really anything to fasten it to the ground, and anytime there is breeze’, it blows them away and sometimes it hit a car, or liters ground, so they were banned and proscribed.
“So in this course of the six years, the lord has told me that this is where i’m going to make my money, and because of our initial ban, I didn’t let my creativity prowess stop at that so I didn’t relent.
“We pieced the A frame into two and we got a fastener and we started fastening them to the pole, and we did some other inventions along the way and they became beautiful. Before we know what’s happening we start attracting brands”, he explained.
Fashogbon added that he took a bold step to register it with Nigeria Copyright Commission via his lawyers, and the commission did investigations and found out it was his idea and his claims were accredited and were given the certificate.