Mon­e­tised food

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It seems that the some of the del­e­gates are not sat­is­fied with their al­lowances. They ex­pect to re­ceive a to­tal of N8.8 mil­lion for the 12-week pe­riod.

The other day, some of them pub­licly re­quested for al­lowances for their driv­ers, per­sonal as­sis­tants, se­cu­rity de­tails, among oth­ers. And when they were asked to sub­mit names of their aides for ac­cred­i­ta­tion, some of them sent up to 10 names.

This re­porter gath­ered that some of the del­e­gates are now re­quest­ing the sec­re­tariat to mon­e­tise their food as it is done with ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port.

An of­fi­cial said they com­plained about the qual­ity of the meal served, and per­haps the quan­tity also.

A plate costs about N4,000 each. And the sec­re­tariat had em­ployed the ser­vices of a fives­tar ho­tel to cater for the 491 del­e­gates. Un­like the ear­lier days of the con­fer­ence where over 700 people ate, leav­ing some del­e­gates hun­gry, en­trance into the lunch hall is now re­stricted to del­e­gates only. You now have to dis­play your del­e­gate tag be­fore you are al­lowed in, thus shut­ting out driv­ers, aides, jour­nal­ists and se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

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