The National Conference will reconvene on Monday, March 31 as scheduled, as the secretariat said on Saturday that the death of one of the delegates, Hamma Misau, will not affect the resumption.
Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications, Mr. Akpandem James, who confirmed the death of Misau at the National Hospital in Abuja on Thursday, said: “No, his death will not affect the resumption of plenary on Monday. What I think the conference will do is to observe a one-minute silence in his honour.
“This will be done first thing on Monday before the commencement of the day’s business, because he was one of us,” he said.
James said Misau, 67, a retired Assistant Inspector-General (AIG), was initially rushed to the Federal Civil Service Clinic after he took ill in his hotel room in Abuja, expressing the secretariat’s sadness over the death of Misau, who was representing the retired police officers, and prayed God to comfort his family over the loss.
Misau’s corpse was taken from the hospital by the family to Bauchi and buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
Giving details of the events leading to the death of the delagate, he said Misau’s driver had gone to the deceased’s hotel room to check on him on Thursday but the door was not opened even after repeated knocks.
His words: “The driver came to the secretariat to inform us that he could not gain entrance to the room and we rushed to the hotel and forced the door open.
“We initially rushed him to the Federal Civil Service Clinic, because that was the closest medical facility, before we contacted his doctor.
“It was later that the clinic said that his case was beyond them and we transferred him to the National Hospital, where he eventually died,” he said.
James said that the secretariat could not issue any statement on Thursday pertaining Misau’s death because it wanted to contact his family before making any announcement, adding that at the inaugural meeting on March 17, requested that the delegates submit the contacts of their medical doctors to the secretariat.
James said the measure was to ensure prompt contact of the delegates’ doctors for their medical history in the event of any emergency during the conference.
He also said the secretariat gave consideration of sitting positions to some of the delegates who had health challenges, the aged and those living with disability.