N4,000 in­ad­e­quate for each del­e­gate’s lunch – Sec­re­tariat

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Deputy Chair­man of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Pro­fes­sor Bo­laji Akinyemi yes­ter­day said N4000 spent on lunch for each del­e­gate daily is in­ad­e­quate, stress­ing that the sec­re­tariat is seek­ing more funds for lunch.

Daily Trust cal­cu­la­tions show that at N4000 per lunch, govern­ment spends N1, 968, 000 daily on lunch for the 492 del­e­gates at­tend­ing the Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

This cal­cu­la­tion did not in­clude additional food that may be re­quired for prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the sec­re­tariat and sup­port­ing staff.

Akinyemi, who was re­act­ing to a point of or­der raised by Chief Ayo Ade­banjo over a pub­li­ca­tion by a news­pa­per which claims that lunch costs N60, 000 daily per del­e­gate, said the true amount was lit­tle above N4000.

He said “we have been bat­tling to get an in­crease on that amount be­cause frankly, I think four thou­sand and some­thing a plate is in­ad­e­quate but a budget was pre­pared for us, we didn’t pre­pare the budget and that was the fig­ure that was writ­ten in the budget that we are now try­ing to ac­com­mo­date.

“In fact this is part of the prob­lem that Transcorp Hil­ton is now say­ing; it is four thou­sand and some­thing that you are pay­ing us we are go­ing to make the por­tion small.”

He added that the sec­re­tariat had been “fight­ing to try and get an in­crease, to see how we can get an in­crease. We have not been suc­cess­ful but N60, 000 ab­so­lutely un­true. Please gen­tle­men of the press, help us. Help us, it is four thou­sand and some­thing per plate and I won­der where in Abuja you are go­ing to get lunch for four thou­sand and some­thing Naira; it is just im­pos­si­ble.”

How­ever, a del­e­gate from the South­east Chris Elue­mu­noh dis­agreed with Akinyemi, say­ing the amount was more than enough, call­ing for the com­pany that cur­rently serves del­e­gates to be re­placed.

“Mr. Chair­man, N4000 is more than enough for food but we are not hav­ing it here. Let us change to a bet­ter place. They (Transcorp) are not the best restaurants in Abuja here; there are pri­vate restaurants that can give us good food for N2000,” the del­e­gate said.

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