2005 con­fab re­port copies dis­trib­uted to suya sell­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi & Dick­son A. Salami, Kaduna

The Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria yes­ter­day dis­trib­uted copies of the 2005 na­tional po­lit­i­cal con­fer­ence re­port to suya, cake sell­ers and butch­ers in an ap­par­ent mock­ery of the on­go­ing con­fab.

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of the congress, Shehu Sani, copies of the re­port of the con­fab that gulped N3 bil­lion will be of bet­ter use to the suya and pancake sell­ers, not­ing that they had be­come use­less. Ad­dress­ing news­men at the dis­tri­bu­tion venue, Sani ex­pressed fear that the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence that is gulp­ing N7­bil­lion will also go the same way as past con­fer­ences, say­ing it is clear that the prob­lems be­dev­illing Nigeria do not need con­fer­ences to solve.

“This has al­ways been the fate of such documents in Nigeria. It has be­come part of our na­tional cul­ture. We have seen hun­dreds and thou­sands of com­mit­tees set up. These documents have been ly­ing in this of­fice since 2005, wait­ing that per­haps one day, govern­ment would see the wis­dom in us­ing the documents in re-pack­ag­ing the coun­try for the bet­ter”.

“Nigeria is a na­tion that moves from one con­fer­ence to the other, con­fer­ences have be­come a for­mal­ity through which pub­lic funds are wasted. This was the con­fer­ence for­mer pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo in­au­gu­rated and spent N3 bil­lion on in 2005 which yielded no re­sult and now Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has em­barked on a sim­i­lar con­fer­ence spend­ing N7 bil­lion. This is an­other na­tional waste be­cause the poor are get­ting poorer, in­no­cent people are be­ing killed on a daily ba­sis while un­em­ploy­ment is alarm­ingly in­creas­ing,” he said.

“Em­i­nent Nige­ri­ans in­clud­ing Bishop Matthew Has­san Kukah and Jus­tice Niki Tobi of the Supreme Court among oth­ers spent over six months in Abuja to fash­ion out a new po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion that would sus­tain our great coun­try. Thou­sands of mem­o­randa were re­ceived by the con­fab, and bil­lions of tax pay­ers’ money was spent. There is noth­ing to be dis­cussed in the on­go­ing na­tional con­fab that has not been dis­cussed in the past na­tional po­lit­i­cal con­fer­ence un­der Obasanjo,” Sani added.

The leader of Kil­ishi sell­ers in Ung­war Sarki, Mal­lam Hashiru Mai Kil­ishi, ex­pressed de­light over the dis­tri­bu­tion of the documents to them, say­ing they de­sired more.

“Since we, the poor are not con­sid­ered at the na­tional con­fer­ence, we see this gift as our own share of the con­fer­ence. In fact, we are ex­pect­ing more of this kind of pa­pers from the on­go­ing con­fer­ence be­cause we know that documents that will be pro­duced at the end will also be­come wastes,” he said.

PHOTO: OMIRIN OLATUNJI

Il­le­gal im­mi­grants be­ing pa­raded by the Nigeria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice in Maiduguri yes­ter­day.

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