Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Confab delegates divided over pilgrims welfare boards

28 May 2014, 20:48

Abuja - Delegates at the National Conference disagreed with  a clause in the recommendations of its Standing Committee on Religion on Tuesday.

An amendment sought by Olushola Akanmode for the scrapping of pilgrims boards, sharply divided delegates and consequently aborted conference proceedings.

Akanmode had argued that since a recommendation by the committee that government should stop funding pilgrimage had been approved, there was no need to retain the boards any further.

He said that if the boards remained, government could still be sponsoring pilgrims "through the back doors.”

When the Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi put it to voice vote, those who supported scrapping the boards had the day.

This, however, sharply divided the conference as those who supported the retention protested against the ruling.

They drew the attention of leadership to the Procedure Rule which states that any decision not reached by consensus shall be by 70 per cent vote.

However, others wanted the ruling on the issue to be sustained by Akinyemi, thereby throwing the conference into rowdiness and shouting by delegates.

Efforts by Akinyemi to restore order were rebuffed by both parties.

Consequently, the deputy chairman said the atmosphere was no longer conducive for the conference to proceed.

"The conference will rule on it tomorrow because we cannot continue in this rowdy atmosphere.

Amidst shouts of "no", the deputy chairman asked Erelu Olusola Obada to move a motion for adjournment of the conference and he consequently adjourned until 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Akinyemi had  said the first pilgrims welfare board was established by Obafemi Awolowo in the then Western Region.

He said Awolowo had argued that if citizens were going outside the country in group, government needed to look after them in their country of destination by providing them consular services.

However, supporters of the motion contended that government could coordinate activities of Nigerians travelling abroad by providing them with consular services through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The conference had smoothly considered and adopted some recommendations of the report of the committee clause by clause before the contentious issue.

 - NAN

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on
Twitter and like our Facebook page.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...