Secretariat Accepts Agbakoba’s Rejection of Allowance

by ThisDay Live

The National Conference secretariat has accepted a letter from the former National President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, for the rejection of any form of remuneration and financial benefits as a delegate of the conference.

In a letter dated April 8, 2014, and addressed to Agbakoba, the Conference Secretary, Dr. Valerie-Janettee Azinge, informed Agbakoba that his decision "not to accept any form of financial benefits as a delegate to the National Conference has been noted and will be treated accordingly."

Agbakoba had recently announced his rejection of the allowances set aside for delegates to the National Conference estimated at about N4 million per month for the three months exercise.

The former NBA president who was nominated to the conference by civil society organisations, based his decision on the fact that the conference “is a call to service and an opportunity to chart a new course for our country,” in his letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, whose office serves as secretariat for the National Conference.

The former NBA President said in his letter, entitled ‘acceptance of nomination as delegate to the National Conference’ that he would not be able to accept the allowances to be paid delegates. “I write to accept my nomination as one of the 24 civil society delegates to the National Conference.

“I believe the National Conference is a call to service and an opportunity to chart a new course for our country.
“Regrettably, I will not be able to accept any form of remuneration/financial benefits from the conference,” said Agbakoba who is also a former President of Civil Liberties Organisation.
Also Lagos-based cleric and convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, had also earlier rejected the allowance.

Bakare told the congregation in his church that he rejected the allowance to prevent insinuation that his participation at the conference was motivated by monetary gains.

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