Del­e­gates’ al­lowances to be made pub­lic to­day

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The al­lowances of the 492 del­e­gates to the Na­tional Con­fer­ence would be an­nounced to­day at the ple­nary, the chair­man of the con­fer­ence Jus­tice Idris Kutigi has said.

Kutigi was re­spond­ing to a re­quest by a del­e­gate from Sokoto, Pro­fes­sor Aisha, who ob­served yes­ter­day at the end of the ple­nary ses­sion that the me­dia is awashed with sto­ries of how much del­e­gates re­ceive as al­lowance.

“Mr Chair­man, there are var­i­ous re­ports in the me­dia sug­gest­ing that del­e­gates are paid N12 mil­lion, some said N10 mil­lion, oth­ers said N4 mil­lion per month and so on,” she said.

She re­quested the na­tional sec­re­tariat to make pub­lic the amount of al­lowance each del­e­gate is en­ti­tled daily “for the ben­e­fit of the me­dia.”

Deputy chair­man Pro­fes­sor Bo­laji Akniyemi, who was guid­ing the ple­nary handed over the mi­cro­phone to the chair­man.

Kutigi ex­plained that the As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary on Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Pro­fes­sor Mah­mood Yakubu was not around. He said Yakubu, who is in charge of fi­nances was not on seat, but he would make the an­nounce­ment to­mor­row when the ple­nary reconvenes.

Daily Trust re­ported about two weeks ago that del­e­gates re­ceived N1.46mil­lion each as al­lowance for two weeks.

This means that del­e­gates would re­ceive N8.8mil­lion at the end of their three months as­sign­ment. These monies are mon­e­tized al­lowances for ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­port and sit­tings.

The del­e­gates are be­ing served cof­fee and lunch dur­ing ple­nary ses­sions for the four days they sit in a week.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

From left, for­mer min­is­ter of state for De­fence, Erelu Obada; for­mer min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Jubril Aminu and Dr. Bello Hal­liru Muham­mad, at the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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