I strongly in support and solidly stand by the motion moved by Distinguished Sen. Rochas A. Okorocha on the need to reduce the cost of governance by reducing the number of Nigerian lawmakers to become one senator per state and three members of federal house of Reps for each state. That’s to make it 37 Senators and 109 Reps including the FCT with one Senator and House of Representative member.
However, to me, it is a very brilliant idea because sincerely speaking apart from adding cost, the current 469 composition of lawmakers are not making any impact towards the lives of people they are representing and also even to the country itself that the new proposed 146 lawmakers cannot do.
It has been reported that, the sum of 125 billion was this year budgeted for the National Assembly which has less than 500 members while for instance only 46 billion was allocated for Health, 48 billion for Education and 83 billion for Agriculture respectively for over 200 million people. Where is the justice?
So, now if its true that this government is really mindful and worried about the cost of governance it shall as a matter of urgent and possible considering the current economic constraints that is bedevilling the country unquestionably support this bill and push it to become a law.
Comr Kassim A. Gamawa (Sardaunan Gamji & A Concerned Citizen) writes from Gamawa Local Government, Bauchi State. Kassimabubakar111@yahoo.com. 07068854446.