By HENRY UMORU
A delegate representing Plateau State at the on- going National Conference, Prof. Dakum Shown yesterday lampooned elected government officials over what he described as excessive use and abuse of official vehicles to the detriment of the people they were elected to serve.
According to him, all official vehicles for elected officers in the country must be cut by 80% and those entitled to be made to use assembled cars in Nigeria.
Contributing yesterday at plenary during debate on report of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government with Gen. Ike Nwachukwu and Mohammed Umara Kumalia as co- Chairmen, Prof. Shown who went memory lane to tell other delegates that when he was a Speaker, his official vehicle was a 406 and his back up car, a Volkswagen, adding that what obtains now was a situation where the convoy of a local government and that of a governor could be compared to that of the president.
Also yesterday while debate was on going, a delegate representing the Civil Society Organisations, Mallam Naseer Kura shouted for help from the Conference Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi for help when a federal Government delegate, Col. Tony Nyiam left his seat and sat close to him, Kura.
Kura cited Order 10 (4) which states that Delegates shall not cross the floor of the Conference.
He said, “ I have Tony Nyiam near me, I don’t want Tony here, I am not comfortable with him. “ Deputy Chairman of the Conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi who asked Nyiam to go to his seat, simply said, “we used to be very friendly, all of a sudden, it is becoming tensed.”