Con­fer­ence rents of­fices for com­mit­tees

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The Na­tional Con­fer­ence has rented of­fices for 10 of its 20 stand­ing com­mit­tees out­side the Na­tional Ju­di­cial In­sti­tute (NJI) com­plex host­ing the con­fer­ence.

Con­fer­ence sec­re­tary Dr Va­lerie Azinge yes­ter­day said the sec­re­tariat had to rent 10 of­fices for the 10 stand­ing com­mit­tees out­side the NJI com­plex be­cause of space con­straint.

Azinge spoke dur­ing adop­tion of com­mit­tees struc­tures by the ple­nary where some del­e­gates asked for more com­mit­tees to be cre­ated.

The sec­re­tariat had pro­posed 20 stand­ing com­mit­tees for the con­fer­ence but some del­e­gates com­plained that the num­ber was not enough.

But Azinge ex­plained that the sec­re­tariat is con­strained by in­fra­struc­ture. She said that the NJI com­plex has only 10 com­mit­tees rooms.

“We have of­fices con­straint in this com­plex. In fact, we have only 10 com­mit­tee rooms avail­able at this com­plex now. We have to rent of­fices for the re­main­ing 10 com­mit­tees out­side the com­plex,” she said.

Also, the deputy chair­man Pro­fes­sor Bo­laji Akinyemi ex­plained that for more com­mit­tees to be cre­ated, the sec­re­tariat would have to re­quest for additional funds from the Federal Govern­ment to rent more of­fices.

Re­act­ing to this, Al­haji Muham­mad Yaro Farak­wai, for­mer speaker of Kaduna House of As­sem­bly and one of the del­e­gates from for­mer Nige­rian Speak­ers Fo­rum, sug­gested that the sec­re­tariat should not ask for additional funds from the govern­ment.

“Mr Chair­man, I want to sug­gest here that you should re­frain from ask­ing for more money from the Federal Govern­ment. The sec­re­tariat should find ways of merg­ing the com­mit­tees. But we should not ask for more money from govern­ment,” Farak­wai said.

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