NIPR President Mukhtar Sirajo
NIPR President Mukhtar Sirajo

Coronavirus: NIPR Suspends Induction, Annual Conference in Bauchi

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), has suspended its planned Induction ceremony, as well as Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Conference, which was slated for Bauchi in April as a measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Institute’s National President, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, who noted that all crowd-pulling activities of the Institute have been suspended in line with the Federal Government’s directive of curbing the killer scourge.

Mukhtar, added that NIPR takes cognizance of the need to be proactive and also refrain from taking steps that would not only threaten the health and welfare of its members , but also portray the Institute in bad light.

“The health challenge that the entire world has been forced to grapple with is by the day becoming a reality beyond denial. The virus has spread around the world and the number of those infected in Nigeria seems to be steadily rising.

“The reality on ground, as well as the measures taken by various governments across the globe and at home here, is the major reason why we are suspending our crowd-pulling activities, to arrest the spread of this deadly disease, as well as to safeguard the wellbeing of our well-meaning colleagues,” he emphasized.

While urging government to use new strategy for providing periodic updates on response actions for handling the pandemic, he advised state chapters of NIPR to also suspend similar activities at their level, including monthly general meeting.

“Both state and federal government have been proactive in containing the pandemic, but we are however hopeful that strategic communication and information management should be improved. And as we remain hopeful in the containment of the scourge, we shall continue to monitor developments with a view to fixing new dates for our programs as soon as the situation permits,” Mall. Sirajo assured.

By PRNigeria