Give Us More Money For Our Aides..National Conference 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 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, said 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 aides.

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 allowances.

“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.




Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. Since we have upper and lower house, this is middle house now.

  2. Aren't these men ashamed ?

  3. 12M naira for three months of discussing rubbish which will not yield anything.While many nigerian youths can not boast of 100 thousand income in a month.It is time for Nigerian youths to rise up against this injustice

  4. Aides allowance when some people are rejecting the allowance in the first place. Are these people interested in nigeria at all.
    Typical Nigerians,I do not blame them,history keep on repeating itself.When the National Assembly too was inaugurated the first issue that was discussed focused on their salaries.I am not surprised at all but ashamed,give Nigerians an opportunity to steal they will steal very well.We haven’t seen nothing yet!!!

  5. Na GOD go punish una.

  6. Is a shame again to bring together another set of criminals to help us fine tune our nation policies. It is obvious that these men have nothing to offer if all they asking for is more pay inspite of the #4,000,000:00 they will get each month for a period of 3 months they will seat. Some individuals who have the nation at heart cannot even have 3 squel meal a day........

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