Politics Cash Crunch: National Conference Delegates Unpaid, Squat With Friends -Sahara Reporters



Numerous delegates at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja say their activities are gradually grinding to a halt because the Federal Government had failed to pay their allowances. Some of the delegates said they had been thrown out of their hotels because, with their allowances unpaid, they could not afford to pay their lodging bills.

A delegate who asked for anonymity stated that he had packed out of his hotel room. “I have not been paid, so where will I find the money to pay the hotel?” the delegate stated. He added that he had moved into a friend’s apartment in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Many of the delegates milled around in groups today after the matter of their unpaid allowances was extensively discussed at the plenary. One of the delegates disclosed that he and others had complained bitterly over the failure to pay their allowances. The government had budgeted an allowance of N4 million per month for each of the more than 400 delegates. Numerous Nigerian individuals and groups had criticized the allowance as extravagant, especially in a country where more than 70 percent of the populace lives in abject poverty.

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Source: Sahara Reporters

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