Cov­er­ing con­fab through phone

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Be­fore this con­fer­ence started about three weeks ago, the sec­re­tariat had painstak­ingly re­ceived, pro­cessed and ac­cred­ited dozens of jour­nal­ists who would do the cov­er­age.

In fact, about a hun­dred of us were ac­cred­ited through bio­met­ric by the se­cu­rity agency. But this re­porter ob­served that only very hand­ful of us do at­tend the pro­ceed­ings, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the pres­i­den­tial in­au­gu­ra­tion and the con­fab maiden ple­nary.

Some of the ac­cred­ited jour­nal­ists have been cov­er­ing the ses­sions through tele­phones: “Oga, wat­sup now? Dem don fight to­day? Wetin den talk about?” These are some of my col­leagues con­stant in­quiries.

But be­cause “all man­ner” of me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions, like one of the sec­re­tariat staff once said, were ac­cred­ited, some of my col­leagues that are al­ways around are in­deed funny.

There is a clique headed by a col­league (I don’t even know his medium), which spends 90 per­cent of their time at the con­fer­ence ‘con­duct­ing in­ter­views.’

Cou­pled with the fact that there is also an army of del­e­gates des­per­ately crav­ing for pub­lic­ity at all cost, these jour­nal­ists hardly stay at the ple­nary.

I won­der whether these in­ter­views are ei­ther pub­lished or aired.

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