Tension in NIMN as Agenmonmen fires staff en masse

The staff of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) might be starting the year on a very sad note as the institute’s council led by Tony Agenmonmen has given them the boots.

Last week, before going on yuletide vacation, in what it called plan to reposition the institute, the board had sent a memo to the staff informing them that they (excluding the Registrar) had been disengaged with a caveat that those still interested to work with institute should re-apply by January 6, next year.

National President, NIMN, Tony Agenmonmen

To this end, The DailyBells Nigeria gathered that Mr. Agenmonmen has allegedly already instructed the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) to help in recruiting fresh hands.

Confirming the development, a member of the institute, who would not want his name in print, said he had seen a memo, informing members of the development and the decision of the board to source for new employees from within and outside the institute’s workforce.

However, the 32-workforce, who are having many months of unpaid salaries and allowances while expressing shock on the development, said their expectations that the new executive would improve their well-being, especially in clearing the backlog of their unpaid salaries, were dashed.

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The DailyBells Nigeria recalls that when Tony Agenmonmen, a former Senior Strategy Manager at Nigerian Breweries Plc emerged the President of the Institute last month, he had given the staff hope that things would be better under his administration as the new executive would improve their well-being.

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However, rather than get good news from the president, the workers got a ‘special yuletide package’.

A source at the Institute said the workers were miffed by the development, saying it was contrary to the promises earlier made by Agenmonmen, when he met with the staff of the institute, shortly after being elected.

One of such promises, the source said, was that the Council would sort out the backlog of salaries being owed the staff and embark on capacity development for them to equip them for the challenges ahead.

“Everybody was surprised at the announcement. Nobody expected it. We were thinking it was going to be one of such meetings where the new president would announce some of those ‘goodies’ he had for the staff, “he said.

Meanwhile, the new president reportedly denied the disengagement story saying: “I’m not aware that any staff of the institute has been disengaged for now. All I know is that staff are on vacation, and they are expected to resume first week in January.”

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