Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has described the N7billion earmarked for the proposed national conference as a waste of resources.
Speaking, Weekend, Kukah insisted that the exercise would not result in any fundamental difference in the condition of the country, describing it further as another forum for political noise-making.
Speaking on the occasion of the signing of Tripartite Partnership Agreement among the American Specialist Hospital Limited, GE Healthcare (USA) and Edifice Capital (France) for the $73 million American Specialist Hospital for Women and Children, Bishop Kukah, who was Secretary of the National Political Reform Conference in 2005 said, N932 million was proposed by President Olusegun Obasanjo for the conference.
Reacting to the N7billion proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan for the conference in an interview with journalists in Abuja, Kukah said, “N7 billion is just pocket money, it is chicken fee by Nigerian standard, considering how much money have been stolen from this country.
“Frankly, even if they are going to commit N10 billion for people to stay in hotels in Nigeria, the money is not the issue, building a nation is a serious matter,” he said.