The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has reacted to reports that the Federal Government had earmarked the sum of N4m monthly on each of the 492 delegates to the national conference.
The Executive Director of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said the amount was too much, adding that each group should sponsor its delegate to the conference.
Speaking in a phone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, Adeniran said CACOL was opposed to government spending N7bn on the conference.
He said, “The hosting of the conference itself is too expensive than it is supposed to be. They have budgeted about N7bn, and if each delegate will be paid up to N4m per month, that accentuates the profligacy going on in the National Assembly, where members who are doing part-time jobs are taking more than full-time salary.
“Every section of the society that sends a delegate should have been asked to fund their delegates. It is not supposed to be a money-making venture to the extent that bribery and corruption will now pervade the atmosphere.”
Adeniran said monetising the conference would make the delegates compromise the stand of their people for the stand of the authority paying them.
However, the Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Mr. Ibuchukwu Ezike, who is also a delegate to the confab, said it was speculation that such an amount had been earmarked for them.
Culled from Sunday Punch
March 16, 2014 by Agency Reporter 19 Comments