The secretariat of the conference warned, yesterday, those it described as absentee delegates to desist or have their allowances stopped as from Monday.
The Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, who was delegated to make the announcement, said the government was worried by the near empty seats at the plenary sessions by the delegates. Akinyemi in the announcement, lamented that more than half of the seats at the conference were empty, explaining that government was worried that 50 per cent of delegates don’t turn up for plenary.
According to him: “They are reminding us that when members of an intervention agency are being paid sitting allowances, they should sit.
We are considering not paying allowances to those, who do not turn up for plenary. We don’t want to be pushed to a situation where we treat esteemed delegates like secondary school students. We don’t want it to get to that. We are all very responsible people and we should show that here.
“With effect from Monday, delegates who don’t show up will not be paid sitting allowance except on health reasons and that should have been communicated to the conference,” he warned.