The national conference had said it would stop paying allowances to delegates who are absent at plenary without genuine reasons.
The decision was disclosed yesterday by Vice Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, who said some of the delegates did not appreciate the importance of attending plenary.
He said government was not happy with the development where only few delegates attend plenary these days unlike when the confab started when the house was always filled up.
He said, “We don’t want to be treating delegates as secondary school pupils. As from Monday, delegates who don’t show up will not be paid sitting allowance unless on medical reasons.
“We want you to know this because we are all adults and we must be seen to be responsible. Government is worried that 50 per cent of the delegates don’t show up for debate. It is shown live and this is not good.
“They [Government officials] are now reminding us that there are government rules; and that when we are being paid sitting allowance, it must be seen to be so.”
Each delegate of the conference pockets N4 million as monthly allowance.