Destination Makurdi readies for Nigerian authors

Posted: September 29, 2017 in general
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tiv manA five-man delegation from the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) led by National President, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, penultimate Tuesday, stormed Makurdi, the Benue State capital city to assess facilities in place ahead of the association’s Annual International Convention scheduled for 26-29 October, 2017.

They were received at the ANA State Secretariat located on Number 34, former Alhaji Dash Building,Ankpa road, Makurdi by members of the Local Organising Committee for the convention.

Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Professor Idris Amali and his Vice, Professor Jerry Agada along with the Secretary, Dr. Raymond Anumve, Otse Otokpa, Dr.Tartule Tijah, Abo Abgochenu, State Chairman of ANA, Mr. Charles Iornumbe and Mrs. Dorcas Otalu among many others were on hand to receive the delegation at the ANA Benue Secretariat.

Receiving the delegation, LOC Chairman, Professor Idris Amali, who thanked the team for the visit, while also noting it would help in strengthening the commitment of members towards planning for success of the occasion., informed the visiting team that the LOC had put all the necessary machinery in place such as securing venues for activities, hotels and printed some pre-convention materials, among other things for them to make input and carried out advocacy visits to Individuals and groups to sensitise them about the convention.

Amali, who lectures at the Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State, along with the Vice Chairman of the LOC and former National President of ANA, Professor Jerry Agada conveyed the Committee’s appreciation to State Governor Samuel Ortom forapproving substantial funds for the hosting of the convention in the face of the tough economic situation.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua was also on hand at the Secretariat to welcome the National Officials of ANA during which he reaffirmed Governor Ortom’s commitment to the Writers’ body, urging members to continue to develop the knowledge base of the State as the world ‘could partly survive through ideas.’

Thereafter, the National Officials proceeded to hold a meeting with members of the LOC at the Hotel Bobec Makurdi where the template for the event already developed was presented and considered with improvements made, corrections effected and approvals granted to some proposals.

On the second day, the National Officials embarked on a tour of facilities where hotels identified were visited. The team also visited the JS Tarka Foundation where the arrival cocktail and Convention Play is expected to hold on the first and second days of the convention, respectively.

The team equally visited the Auditorium of the College of Health Science, Benue State University, Makurdi to assess the venue for the Convention’s Grand Opening Ceremony.

The tour was rounded off with a visit to the Royal Choice Inn, the proposed venue for registration of delegates to the convention during which the 1000 capacity hall proposed for the dinner and award night was also visited.

Addressing members of the LOC at the Presidential Wing of the Royal Choice Inn, Makurdi, Mallam Abdullahi who expressed satisfaction with the facilities proposed for the convention, stated that ‘in view of the difficult times, it would be better to plan the convention within the means of available resources in order not incur over bloated expenses in the end that would cause the LOC sleepless nights.’

He further advised ANA members against late registration, pointing out that those in the habit of attending conventions and registering on the spot would be doing so this year ‘at their own peril.’

“This year is an election year, those coming for the convention must get registered on time as adequate preparations would be made for them, and those in the habit of coming for conventions to gatecrash, would suffer the consequences of their action,” Mallam Denja noted.

Denja equally expressed appreciation at the gesture of the Benue State Government for approving funds to support the Association to host the convention and expressed hope that the funds would be released early to enable the LOC put everything in place before the event.

“It is one thing to approve funds, it is another to ensure their earlier release, we have had situations whereby funds are released a day to our convention which adversely affected planning. But with the commitment shown by your State Governor, we are optimistic that he will release the funds on time so that the best convention ever would take place in Benue,” Denja maintained.

Chairman of the LOC, Professor Idris Amali had earlier while receiving the National Officials, assured them of a unique convention in Benue next Month, stating that the Committee under him cannot afford to fail in that regard, just as he thanked the Benue State Chapter of ANA for the confidence reposed in him.

The ANA National delegation was made up of the Legal Adviser, Isaac Ogezi, the Secretary Dr. Ofonime Iyang, Treasurer Mr. Ikhechi Owabie and the Public Relations Officer (South) Mr.Olatunbosun Taofeek.

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