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NIGERIA AT A GLANCE

Nigeria is an English-speaking country on the west coast of Africa, and the most populous nation in the continent.The Federal Republic if Nigeria, under a democratic government, consists of 36 States and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

POPULATION
Nigeria has a population of over 120 million people.

EDUCATION INDEX
The literacy level in Nigeria is increasing on a regular basic. As at 2003, the adult literacy level was over 57.1%. Today, there are over 35 million Nigerians at various educational institutions in the country. A breakdown of the composition includes:
29,426,983 pupils in primary schools; 6,228,487 students in junior and senior secondary schools. Tertiary institutions in the country are made up of 35 Federal and State-owned Universities, 7 Private Universities, 44 State-owned and 7 Private Polytechnics, as well as 58 Colleges of Education.

LANGUAGE
Nigeria is a multi-lingual nation, with English as the official language and more than 250 local languages.

CLIMATE
The weather is tropical in most periods of the year, with an average maximum temperature of 33°C

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Nigeria is naturally endowed with scenic locations. Lagos, the venue of the Nigeria International Book Fair, is the commercial nerve-center of the country and it is bounded in the south by the Atlantic Ocean. Notable tourist attractions such as the Badagry and Lekki Beaches, the Tarkwa Bay, the Ijede Spring, the National Museum, the National Arts Theatre, the Eyo Cenotaph, the Enu- Owa Shrine and Brazilian quarters dot the state.The country as a whole holds a lure for lovers of nature, with her evergreen mangrove landscape enveloping the western region, through the eastern states to the spread savannah in the northern part. The Olumo Rock, the Oka and Idanre Hills, the Ikogosi Warm Spring and the Arinta Waterfalls, the Old Oyo National park, the Ikere-Gorge Dam, the Erin Ijesha Waterfalls, the Ife Museum and the Osun Osogbo Shrine are other locations of tourists' delight.
In addition to all these, there are the Rivers Niger and Benue confluence, the Obudu Cattle Ranch, the Escavos Sand Bar. Different rock formations in Abuja and many break waters and caves across the country.
Please contact Nigeria International Book Fair office for prior arrangement on visit to places of interest during the fair.

HOTELS
There are standard hotels across the country, offering local or continental cuisines. In Lagos, there are five star hotels like the Le Meridian Eko Hotel, Federal Palace Hotel, Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers Lagos, Airport Hotels and many others not more than one hour drive away from the fair venue.

SAFETY
It is safe to move about in the country, especially in Lagos, during the day. However, visitors are advised to travel in charter taxis and yellow-color buses to and from from designated bus stops.

CURRENCY AND BANKING HOURS
Nigeria's Official Currency is the Naira and it currently exchanges at the rate of US$1.00, N234.03 to £1.00 and N156.53 to E1.00. Banks in Nigeria open to the public from 8:00am to 4:00pm-Monday to Friday, while some banks operate on Saturdays from 8:00am to12noon.Government and commercial offices open from 8:00am to 4:00pm and 8:00am to 5:00pm respectively.

TRANSPORT
Nigeria is accessible by air, sea and land. International and domestic flights operate on various Nigerian routes on regular basis. It is always a beehive of activities at our Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt International Airports. Major air operators like British Airways, Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Virgin Airlines, Air France and Emirates use Nigeria's airports as the gateway to other countries in the continent.
For further information on moving around in Nigeria, please contact Nigeria International Book Fair office for prior arrangements or NIBF Information Unit at the fair venue.

IMMIGRATION
Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) require only Entry Permit to visit Nigeria. However, all other nationals visiting the country need to obtain visas from the Nigerian Embassy/High Commission nearest to them. Such visitors are advised to apply as early as possible.

CUSTOMS
There is a 2.5% import duty on books imported to Nigeria.However, Nigerian Book Fair Trust has a co-ordinated clearing arrangement with ACTIVAIR of UK for the delivery of all consignments meant for the Nigeria International Book Fair. For further information on shipment, please contact:
ACTIVAIR-Unit1,
Action Court, Ashford Road,
Ashford TW15 1XS, UK.
Tel:01784890005,
Fax:01784890005
E-mail:Lyn_dunsdon@activair.com.
Website:www.activair.com

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Nigeria International Book Fair,
Address: Literamed Building, Plot 45 Oregun Industrial Estate , Alausa Bus-Stop, Ikeja.
Post: P.M.B 21068 Ikeja.
Tel: 234-1- 4823402, 3451208, (0)803 402 6971

Fax: 234-1-4935258
Email: info@nibf.org
Website: http://www.nibf.org
 
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