Delegates at the on-going National Conference have been taken to the cleaners for complaining about the feeding arrangement provided by the leadership of the conference.
A group, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) described the delegates’ action as selfish, saying rather than focus on burning national issues that brought about the conference in the first place, they were busy dwelling on trivial issues.
Information Nigeria reports that some of the delegates on Thursday expressed disappointment about the poor quality of food, saying they wanted the food to be monetised to enable them to provide for their own feeding outside the conference venue.
The executive chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, in a statement on Friday, stated that many of the delegates have forgotten the reason for the conference.
He said, “It’s high time some of the delegates realized that the Conference is meant to discuss critical issues about Nigeria and chart a new course for the country and not just to deliberate on inconsequential things. The rejection of food by some of them is a pointer to the selfishness of our so-called leaders. That is another way to show clearly that many are at the conference for the material gains. Just some weeks into the conference, many of them have forgotten why they are there only to cry wolves for selfish reasons. The other time, it was some of them demanding allowances for their aides.
“The vacant seats we see on television and the pattern of debate show many absentee participants and people who are just there to sleep away their time. Only a few appear on television interviews, many don’t even make contributions, but became active when the debate is on personal gains.
“If they felt that the food they were given was not good enough, they should have offered to procure food for themselves from their conference allowances rather than demanding they monetize it. They should have it at the back of their mind that part of what they are to do at the confab is to reduce the cost of governance and profligacy in government, hence, they shouldn’t be seen to be partaking in such profligacy.
“They should also realize that they will give account of whatever they are given at the conference to the community that sent them. They should therefore endeavor to come back with a neat balance sheet of their receipts and expenditures of the conference allowances”.