….says we need only 146 lawmakers
The lawmaker representing Imo West senatorial district at the Senate, Rochas Okorocha, has revealed the only way to cut the cost in the running of legislative arm of the government in Nigeria.
Premium Times reports that the former governor of Imo state argued that the lawmaker representing each state in the Senate and the House of Representatives should be reduced to one and three respectively. Legit.ng gathered that if this is done, the total numbers of the federal lawmakers would be reduced to 146, from the current 469 and that there would be 69 per cent reduction.
Okorocha said during the plenary on Thursday, October 3, while reacting to the report presented by the committee on finance and national planning on the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Planning Strategy Paper (FSP). “What are three senators doing that one senator cannot do? Here, we have three senators per state. In that National Assembly (House of Representatives) over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.
“I do not know what we are doing differently today in the 9th Senate from what we did in the 8th Senate and what we did in the 7th Senate, 6th Senate and so forth and so on. And if what we are doing today is similar to what we did in the 8th Senate be rest assured the product will be the same,” he He asked the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, to change his style in order to get a new result. Lawan, however, interrupted him by saying, “how do we change our style?” Speaking further, Okorocha urged the Senate to proffer solutions and not creating more problems for the executive, adding that, “they are waiting for us. What do we have different to show? The summary of what we have been talking about is money, we don’t have enough funds to support the needs of Nigerians, to create jobs and put food on the table of the common man.” Lawan advised Okorocha to sponsor a bill which would amend the part of the constitution that provides the current representative number in both Houses.