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The information provided below is to help all Conference participants better prepare and to make the most out of their ICT4D Conference experience. If more assistance is required, please email admin@ict4dconference.org.

ACCOMMODATION

All standards of accommodation are available in Abuja, Nigeria.

ICT4D Conference participants must book and pay for their own accommodation by submitting a request to their chosen hotel. A range of partner hotels close to the venue will be listed on the ICT4D Conference website by December 1, 2019. The accommodation listed will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

ATM MACHINES

In Nigeria’s towns and cities, ATMs can be found in banks, hotels, train stations or shopping malls. However, if heading off the beaten track, then it’s worth checking in advance to make sure there’s an ATM somewhere conveniently located.

CLIMATE

Abuja features a tropical wet and dry climate. The rainy season begins from April and ends in October, daytime temperatures reach 28°C (82.4°F) to 30°C (86.0°F) and night-time lows hover around 22°C (71.6°F) to 23°C (73.4°F).

ELECTRICITY

In Nigeria the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

ICT4D Conference recommends bringing your own adapters.

NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ABV)

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is the main airport serving Abuja and the surrounding capital region. The airport has international and domestic terminals.

FOOD & WATER

Nigerian cuisine consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic groups that comprise Nigeria. Like other West African cuisines, it uses spices and herbs with palm or groundnut oil to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked on barbeques or fried in oil are in abundance and varied.

Ensure that you drink only from trusted sources. These include commercially sealed bottled water and water dispensers.

GEOGRAPHY

Abuja is the capital city in Nigeria, a country in West Africa. Nigeria shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the south and it borders Lake Chad to the northeast.

HEALTH & VACCINATIONS

The Yellow Fever vaccine certificate is mandatory, and travellers can be prevented from entering/exiting Nigeria if they cannot show proof of a yellow fever vaccination. The certificate only becomes valid 10 days after the vaccination.

Nigerian health authorities also recommend a vaccination against cholera and anti-malaria prophylactic for all visitors.

Remember to bring hand sanitizer, sun cream with SPF 30 or above and insect repellent with at least 30% Deet.

The ICT4D Conference recommends checking with your medical practitioner prior to departure to ensure you have received the necessary vaccinations and been advised on any additional requirements. Alternatively visit the Centres for Disease Control website: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nigeria

INTERNET

Internet service are widely available in hotels, although the quality and speed of the connection varies.

Basic Wi-Fi connection will be available to ICT4D Conference and ICT4D Training Day participants.

LANGUAGES

Nigeria is a diverse multi-ethnic country, English is the official language of Nigeria and is used in education, business and for official purposes. In rural areas, indigenous languages of Yoruba and Igbo are more commonly spoken.

MONEY

The Nigerian monetary unit is the Naira (N) which is divided into 100 Kobo’s. Nigeria is predominantly a cash-based economy however, the use of debit cards is widespread in urban areas.

Credit cards are rarely accepted and there is a high risk of fraud associated with their use. Some banks will stop credit card transactions originating in Nigeria because of the prevalence of credit card fraud, and some will also prevent withdrawals from ATMs in Nigeria.

If you intend to use a credit or debit card in Nigeria, don’t forget to take advice from your card issuer before travelling.

Remember to bring USD ($), however larger, clean bank notes not older than 2013 are preferred, so travel with a few USD $100 notes for this purpose.

MEDICAL FACILITIES

There are private hospitals and clinics which provide emergency assistance and ambulance services. Check with your hotel or travel agent for current recommendations.

ON THE ROAD

Driving style can be very aggressive in Abuja and other metropolitan cities in Nigeria. Traffic rules are not always obeyed by motorists. Traffic can also be chaotic and slow moving. Avoid road travel very late at night where possible. Be particularly vigilant when sitting in traffic jams or at traffic lights. Keep car windows up and doors locked, and make sure valuable are out of sight. There are authorized and unauthorized vehicle checkpoints throughout Nigeria. Vehicles are required to slow down at any type of checkpoint.

Drivers and their passengers in the front and back seats of a vehicle must by law wear seat belts. Failure to do so will result in a heavy fine. The best way to travel in Nigeria is by hiring a taxi or a chauffeur driven car. Taxis are available at airports and hotels

PASSPORT

Always keep your passport in a safe place and keep a photocopy in your possession.

PERSONAL SAFETY

Take common-sense precautions (not walking alone in deserted areas at night). Valuables should be kept out of sight and vehicles locked. Don’t carry important and portable items unless necessary. In case of emergencies, visit the nearest police station or call 112 or 199.

For the purpose of attendee security, the ICT4D Conference will produce and release a Security Guide for ICT4D Conference Attendees document and this will be available shortly.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is not allowed in strategic areas. Do not take photographs of any site or activity that may be considered sensitive by Nigerian Security Services including airports, ports, government buildings, religious facilities, foreign embassies and missions, military installations, official chief of mission residences, police formations and military formations. Always ask before taking a photograph of anyone or anything.

POLITICAL SITUATION

Political rallies, protests and violent demonstrations can occur with little notice throughout the country. Interational news events sometimes trigger anti-western demonstrations. There is the potential for increased tension on Fridays.

RELIGION

Nigeria is a secular society. Christians dominate in the South; Muslims dominate in the North of the country.

SMOKING

Smoking is banned in public places in Nigeria.

TAXATION

Value Added Tax (VAT) is currently at 5% and levied on most items.

TELEPHONE

International telephone communication is generally good but more difficult in some rural areas. Nigeria has a good mobile phone network and local SIM cards can be purchased throughout the country. International roaming facilities are available. The prefix for dialing from abroad to Nigeria is +234.

TIME

Nigeria is in WAT (West Africa Time) UTC/GMT +1 hours’ time zone.

VISA INFORMATION

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) citizens do not require entry permits into Nigeria. All other nationalities are advised to apply and obtain an appropriate visa, either an electronic visa, a visa from their nearest Nigerian Mission (Embassy, High Commission or Consulate) or from an Online Integrated Solution office before entering Nigeria. Early application is advisable to avoid delay.

It is recommended you thoroughly check the ICT4D Conference visa information webpage (launch soon) and the guidelines on The Nigeria Immigration Service website https://portal.immigration.gov.ng.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please email admin@ict4dconference.org.

*Dates and details are subject to change. Last update: October 8, 2019.

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