Free news­pa­pers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Free news­pa­pers for del­e­gates Since the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence about two weeks ago, some na­tional and not so na­tional dailies have been dis­tribut­ing free news­pa­per copies to del­e­gates.

An Abuja-based news­pa­per started the trend on the in­au­gu­ral sit­ting day. Soon oth­ers joined the fray. One of them even took its gen­eros­ity fur­ther by shar­ing copies to sec­re­tariat of­fi­cials, jour­nal­ists and other people around.

There are a cou­ple of pa­pers that ap­pear to have sprung up as a re­sult of the con­fer­ence, and they pub­lish mainly con­fer­ence de­lib­er­a­tions. These also dis­trib­ute copies free to del­e­gates.

But two weeks down the road, it ap­pears only one news­pa­per has been able to sus­tain the tempo of gen­eros­ity. All the rest have stopped dis­tribut­ing free copies. Even that news­pa­per, it now re­stricts the free copies dis­tri­bu­tion to del­e­gates only, un­like be­fore when all people go­ing into the con­fer­ence hall are given.

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