A Five-member delegation from the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) led by the National President, Mallam Denja Abdullahi, has arrived Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to assess facilities for the annual international convention billed for October 26 to 29.
Other members of the delegation were the Legal Adviser, Isaac Ogezi, the Secretary Dr.Ofonime Iyang, Treasurer Ikhechi Owabie and the Public Relations Officer South Olatunbosun Taofeek.
They were received at the ANA state secretariat at 34, former Alhaji Dash Building, Ankpa Road, Makurdi by members of the Local Organising Committee convention’s LOC.
Chairman of the LOC, Prof Idris Amali and his vice,Prof Jerry Agada along with the Secretary,Dr.Raymond Anumve,Otse Otokpa, Dr.Tartule Tijah, Abo Abgochenu, the state chairman of ANA, Mr.Charles Iornumbe and Mrs. Dorcas Otalu, among others were present at the secretariat.
The delegation came few days after the LOC met with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom who approved funds for the event.
Receiving Abdullahi and his team Amali, said the visit would help strengthen the commitment of members towards planning for a successful convention.
Amali said the LOC had secured venues for activities, hotels and printed some pre-convention materials, among others.
Amal`i, of the Federal University Lafia, and Agada thanked Ortom for approving funds for the hosting of the convention.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT,Mr.Tahav Agerzua reaffirmed his boss’ commitment to ANA, urging members to continue to develop the knowledge base of the state as the world could always survive through ideas.
The national officials met with the LOC members to consider arrangements for the event.
They also toured facilities and hotels.The team also visited the JS Tarka Foundation where the arrival cocktail and convention play are expected to hold.
The team equally visited the auditorium of the College of Health Science, Benue State University, Makurdi to assess the venue for the convention grand opening ceremony.
The tour was rounded off with a visit to the Royal Choice Inn,the proposed venue for registration of delegates where the 1000 capacity hall proposed for the dinner and award night was also assessed.
Addressing members of the LOC at the Presidential Wing of the inn, Abdullahi expressed satisfaction with the facilities proposed for the convention.
He 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.
He 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.
He thanked the Benue State Government for approving funds to support the Association to host a successful 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.
He advised members of the LOC to be in constant touch with the national secretariat with the view to strengthening planning until the event is over, stressing that the committee on its part,deserved commendation for doing a wonderful job,urging members to keep the tempo.
Earlier while receiving the national officials, Amali assured them of a unique convention in Benue next month, stating that the committee under him cannot afford to fail in that regard.