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National Conference Reschedules Resumption


BEVERLY HILLS, July 28, (THEWILL) – Delegates to the National Conference are now to reconvene on August 11, 2014 for the certification of the final report of the conference instead of August 04, 2014 as previously announced by the secretariat of the conference.

The change in schedule was announced in a note sent to delegates on Monday by Akpandem James, the Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications of the National Conference.

The secretariat in the note seen by THEWILL said, the two-day public holiday declared by the federal government affected work on the compilation and production of 500 copies of the draft report to be presented to delegates, hence the decision to postpone resumption till August 11.

The note reads: “When the Management of the National Conference 2014 adjourned plenary session on Monday, July 14, 2014 delegates were informed that they will reconvene on Monday, August 4, 2014 to certify the draft report of the Conference to be assembled by the Secretariat.

“Substantial work has been done on the various sections of the report as at now and we were hopeful that the entire draft will be ready by the scheduled date.

“However, because of the two-day public holiday declared for Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29 respectively, and the volume of the report, which various sections have to be integrated and produced at the same time, it is becoming obvious that 500 copies of the draft report in the required volumes may not be ready for distribution to all the delegates on Monday August 4, 2014.

“This is because external facilities needed to reproduce the volume required became unavailable beginning this weekend because of the long holiday.

“To avoid a situation where delegates return to Abuja without having the necessary materials to conclude the session within the time frame specified in the Work plan, Conference Management decided to move the return date ahead by one week.

“Consequently delegates are now required to return for certification of the
Conference Report on Monday, August 11, 2014.

“This shift may not affect other schedules already set for the eventual winding up of the 2014 National Conference.

“While management appreciates the understanding, and seeks further cooperation of distinguished delegates, it deeply regrets any inconvenience the shift is likely to cause them.”