Del­e­gates de­bate over toi­let rolls, clinic

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah & Fran­cis Okeke

Del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day de­bated the un­avail­abil­ity of clinic and toi­let rolls in both the fe­male and male toi­lets.

Im­me­di­ately the Na­tional Prayer was taken and del­e­gates were get­ting set for the day’s busi­ness, for­mer Anam­bra State Gover­nor Virgy Etiaba ad­dressed the house com­plain­ing about lack of toi­lets rolls for two days run­ning.

How­ever, af­ter Etiaba fin­ished, fel­low del­e­gates ob­jected to the mat­ter be­ing brought to the pub­lic, ad­vis­ing that it would have been bet­ter if she had taken her com­plaint pri­vately to the con­fer­ence sec­re­tariat.

Dr Ju­naid Muhammed from Kano also ob­served that there was no clinic to at­tend to the del­e­gates dur­ing emer­gency. He said that a day af­ter late AIG Ham­man Misau died, he went to look for a clinic in­side the com­plex but there was none.

“The only one we got was a staff clinic and they said they were not in­structed to at­tend to del­e­gates. He said there is only one po­lice am­bu­lance parked at the en­trance. I don’t even know whether it is equipped,” he said.

Nar­rat­ing her or­deal to the ple­nary, Etiaba said “yes­ter­day I vis­ited the toi­let, there was nowhere to be found toi­let rolls and again this morn­ing I went in there, the same ob­ser­va­tion. Then I called the work­ers there and asked them and they told me that they were not given any.

“Now I tried to find out whether we were be­ing marginalised, I told one of them to go into the toi­let of the men and get me toi­let roll and he con­firmed also that there was none.

“So, I am plead­ing that care must be taken. It is not enough to go on the pages of pa­pers to an­nounce the amount of money that is be­ing ex­pended on us but what we are af­ter is to make sure that we have good health,” she said.

But a del­e­gate from Edo Pro­fes­sor Eddy Erhagbe cau­tioned that the con­fer­ence is be­ing tele­vised glob­ally, ad­vis­ing del­e­gates to “lay com­plaints be­hind the scenes.”

On is­sue of clinic, Chair­man of the con­fer­ence Jus­tice Idris Kutigi said the sec­re­tariat had an un­der­stand­ing with NJI to al­low its staff clinic to at­tend to del­e­gates. He also promised to raise the toi­let roll mat­ter with the Sec­re­tary Va­lerie Azinge, who had not ar­rived when the mat­ter was dis­cussed.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

For­mer FCT min­is­ter Adamu Aliero (left) with Ab­dul­lahi Ali-Kano, dur­ing the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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