Wednesday, 19 March 2014

FG Rejects Givinig Allowance To Aides Of CONFAB Delegates

The Federal Government has rebuffed request
by some of the delegates to the ongoing
national conference that their personal aides
be paid by the government.
Each of the delegates are to receive N12m for
the three months exercise.
The allowance include money for
accommodation, transportation, part of feeding
(the delegates are to have free lunch at the
venue of the conference.
However, the delegates are expected to have
aides such as drivers and personal assistants
in order to ease their works and movements.
However, investigations by one of our
correspondents showed that some of the
delegates met in Abuja on Monday shortly
after the inauguration of the conference by
President Goodluck Jonathan where the
welfare of their aides was discussed.
The delegates, it was gathered, wanted the
Federal Government to take over the
allowances of their aides.
While some of them at the informal meeting
said that the issue be raised during plenary,
thinking that the N12m was meant for them
and not their aides, a few of them were said
to have disagreed.
One of the delegates, who was at the meeting,
confided in our correspondent that the
organisers of the conference ought to inform
them about the number of aides they were to
employ and who would be responsible for
their salaries.
Another delegate was said to have given an
example of the members of the National
Assembly whose aides he said, were being
paid by the Federal Government.
“This does not affect the salaries and
allowances of these lawmakers,” one of the
delegates argued.
At the inaugural sitting on Tuesday, a
delegate from Jigawa State, Senator
Mohammed Jibrin, asked the leadership of
the conference to tell the delegates the
number of aides each of them were expected
to have.
“We need to know the number of aides we are
to employ,” he demanded.
Another delegate, a lady also asked the
management of the conference who was going
to be responsible for the welfare of their
In her response, the Conference Secretary,
Mrs. Valeria Azinge, said there was no
provision for personal aides of the delegates.
She informed the delegates that the Federal
Government had monetised their
accommodation, transportation and sitting
“You will all receive your pay slips in two
weeks intervals and we won’t disclose what is
paid to you in the open. Each and every one
of you is however free to divulge it, but that
will not come from us,” Azinge said.

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