COVID-19: NIMN Postpones AGM, Marketing Conference over Pandemic
The National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) has announced the indefinite postponement of this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Marketing Conference earlier scheduled to hold between 16th and 17th of April, 2020 in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The postponement, according to the Institute, is as a result of worsening situations on the outbreak of the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic currently spreading across the world.
Announcing the postponement via a statement signed by the President, the Institute stated that its Executive Council had reviewed the updates on the pandemic and agreed that the situation was worsening, noting that in less than 24 hours, the pandemic had been further confirmed by additional 5 cases of infected persons in Nigeria presently.
The statement added that in the unfolding circumstances, the Council had agreed that the safety and health of institute members were paramount, emphasising on the need to join in promoting public health, while also taking special cognizance of the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Centre for Decease Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Health, for social distancing.
Text of the statement reads: “On 12 March 2020, I briefed you that the Council was monitoring closely, developments with the Coronavirus pandemic and its possible impact on our AMC/AGM scheduled for 16 –17 April 2020.
“Yesterday, 17 March 2020, the Council reviewed the updates on the pandemic. We agreed that the situation is worsening. In less than 24 hours, it has been further confirmed by the additional 5 cases in Nigeria as of today.
“In the circumstances, we agreed that the safety and health of our members should be paramount. We also agreed on the need to join in promoting public health. We also took special note of the recommendations by the WHO, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health for social distancing.”
Continuing, the statement said: “Therefore, the Council is persuaded that wisdom at this time requires that we postpone the Annual Marketing Conference and Annual General Meeting. This postponement will affect all the processes related to the Conference and AGM.
“We recognise that this postponement has many implications, but the safety and health of our members supersede any other considerations. We will continue to monitor the situation and as soon as things get normalised, we shall come out with new plans for our meetings.”
“Once more, we would like to enjoin all our members to stay safe. Please keep to the basic hygiene recommendations of the WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health and be safe. Wash your hands regularly and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser when you cannot do so. Practice social distancing. Coronavirus is here, it is real,” the statement added.
The statement further enjoined all the institute members who may have any concerns or questions to feel free to contact the President directly through email@example.com or to also get in touch with the Registrar through firstname.lastname@example.org. or otherwise visit the institute’s website www.nimn.com.ng for updates.