Food forces del­e­gates to in­tro­duce closed-door ses­sions

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day de­cided to in­tro­duce ex­ec­u­tive ses­sions that will shut out jour­nal­ists when they dis­cuss is­sues such as in­suf­fi­cient food dur­ing lunch and oth­ers that may arise.

Though they have not voted on the mat­ter, it has been tabled for dis­cus­sion and may come up in their de­lib­er­a­tions Mon­day, when they are ex­pected to re­sume af­ter the weekend break. Jardin Ebinum had in the morn­ing ses­sion com­plained about poor ar­range­ment and dif­fi­cul­ties del­e­gates face dur­ing lunch each day, and moved a mo­tion for del­e­gates to be al­lowed to make their lunch ar­range­ments.

Daily Trust had last week re­ported that govern­ment spends N4,000 per del­e­gate for lunch each day and even though Ebinum did not call for the mon­eti­sa­tion of lunch, the del­e­gates voted against his mo­tion. On re­sump­tion af­ter the break, Dan Nwanyanwu ad­dressed the house urg­ing them to be mind­ful of what they say, bear­ing in mind that there are jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing the Na­tional Con­fer­ence who may re­port that del­e­gates are fight­ing over food.

A del­e­gate, Musa Ab­dul­lahi Elayo, who had in the early days of the con­fer­ence called for the in­tro­duc­tion of ex­ec­u­tive ses­sions, also spoke yes­ter­day, say­ing his po­si­tion has been vin­di­cated be­cause ex­ec­u­tive ses­sions will al­low del­e­gates talk more freely.

At that point, the Deputy Chair­man of the Con­fer­ence Bo­laji Akinyemi who was pre­sid­ing be­cause the Chair­man Idris Kutigi was not around at the time, promised to for­ward the mat­ter to Kutigi when he re­joined the ple­nary.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.