Some delegates of the newly constituted National Conference which had its first session yesterday in Abuja have asked for financial allowances to be made available to their aides who they say would help ease the burden of the task before them.
Each delegate is to collect N12million as incentive for participating in the confab which is expected to last for 3 months..but that money is not enough, they also want their PAs and drivers to be paid
"We need to know the number of aides we are to employ,” One of the delegates, Senator Mohammed Jibrin enquired from the leaders.
I see! However the secretary of the Conference, Mrs. Valeria Azinge, said there was no provision for personal aides, informing them that the Federal Government had made provision for their accommodation, transportation and sitting allowances. Continue...
Meanwhile yesterday at the conference, Senator florence Ita Giwa told her fellow delegates that most of the problems facing Nigeria today was created by them.
Ita-Giwa cautioned the delegates against making frivolous demands, saying that after all, a majority of the delegates at the confab contributed to the problems the nation was facing now."Most of the people here are the ones that created the problems in this country. We are also here to correct those mistakes and forge a new path for the country.”
Ita-Giwa expressed concern at the formal sitting of the confab, maintaining that it was better for the delegates to sit down and work rather than demanding for all sorts of things which were not part of why they were there.
She told her colleagues that the essence of the conference was to address the problems facing the unity of the country.
“We are here to address the problems, we are responsible for most of the problems, and therefore we should sit down and do the work rather than asking government to do this or that.” She said