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Confab: FG monetises accommodation for delegates

The Federal Government has said that delegates to the national conference will be responsible for their accommodation.

This, the Federal Government said, was because money for the accommodation would be included in their allowances.

The Assistant Secretary of the National Conference (Media and Communications), Mr. James Akpandem, who confirmed this, told our correspondent that the accommodation arrangements for the delegates to the national conference had been monetised.

He said, “Most of the delegates have houses in Abuja and many of them preferred monetising the accommodation for them and that was what the Federal Government has done.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed about 2,000 personnel, including sniffer dogs for the national conference which is commencing next week.

The corps said its men and dogs had taken charge at the National Judicial Council venue of the confab along Airport Road, Abuja.

The NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Okeh, told one of our correspondents that all the entry and exit points of the Federal Capital Territory had been placed under security watch by the agency.

He said, “We have already deployed about 2,000 personnel  and sniffer dogs to ensure extensive security coverage for the national conference. The conference venue, and all the entry and exit points have been placed under security watch and we are working with other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free confab.”

The police on the other hand, have yet to roll out their strategy measures for the conference, because the leadership of the FCT Police Command, has not met to take a decision on it.

The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Altine Daniel, stated that the management team would soon meet to take a strategic decision on the security for the delegates and at the confab venue.

Checks showed that hotels in Abuja were preparing to host the delegates as some of them planned to offer discounts and other incentives to lure them to lodge with them for the three-month duration of the event.

Findings indicated that the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, is offering a discount of about N35,000 to delegates, as well as free breakfast daily.

The hotel’s Public Relations Officer, Nanji Tyem, who confirmed the offer on Tuesday, added that guests would also enjoy a variety of activities lined up by the management for the delegates.

It was learnt that the NICON Luxury hotel, was also making overtures to officials in the office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, to accommodate some delegates in the facility.

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