The Nigerian event industry over the past decade has emerged a very active and viable sector in the Nigerian economy with massive employment prospects in the execution of it’s peculiar services, creating wealth and building SMES on a wide scale.
Given its huge impact on the Nigerian economy and the people, proper and deliberate recognition for its productive inputs in the development of our country is being advocated for by the event regulating body APPOEMN.
The Association of Professional Party Organisers and Event Managers of Nigeria, APPOEMN, has over the past few years been very active in the Nigerian labor market, as each single event provides prospects for a wide spectrum of services associated with events.
According to Gbemisola Ope, the president of the association “Events have always been a part of our culture and in the recent past it has received a sudden boost. Every event held improves lives daily in Nigeria with impeccable cultural showcasing done through exotic production of events, from skilled workers to handymen on different levels”.
Speaking on the essence of celebration, Public Relations officer of the association, Bose Abisagbo said “People will always celebrate; celebration itself is perhaps the most common thing we have in the world, crossing all barriers of race, religion, age, ethnicity, politics, economics, education and geography. We celebrate birth, achievement and milestones, life, death, discovery, victory, remembrance, history, patriotism, food, family to mention a few. So the industry is an important one, providing employment across many other sectors.”
The Event Industry has for the past three months been under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing businesses to reflect on novel ways of doing business, mostly virtual.
However, with the lifting today of the ban imposed two months ago to check the spread of coronavirus by the government, the coast seems clear for normal business, although for four weeks at the first instance.
At the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the PTF, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the relaxation of the ban for four weeks.
“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review-:
“Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country;
“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;
“Relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.”
Mustapha also announced that from June 2, banks would operate within the normal working hours.