Lawmaker Dennis Idahosa insists that Senate be scrapped. He insists that since the lower chamber of the house of Reps is doing most work, then the Senate should be scrapped.
News in Nigeria: Lawmaker Dennis Idahosa insists the Senate should be scrapped- Gives reasons
Mr. Dennis Idahosa is a member of the house of Reps representing the Ovia Federal Constituency, Edo State under the APC party.
After stating that the Senate should be scrapped, he suggests the introduction of a unicameral legislature to reduce costs.
He stated this in an interview held in Abuja on Sunday. He said scrapping the Senate, one of the two houses of the National Assembly would help the country cut the cost of governance if the country is serious.
Mr. Idahosa said, “If we are going to cut our expenses or spending, I think one of the houses should be scrapped, which I suggest should be Senate.”
He argued that it was not “smart” enough for Nigeria to have the Senate and House of Representatives when the country had limited resources. He still insisted that the lower chamber performs most legislative duties.
Mr. Idahosa said, “Not because I’m a House of Representatives member, but because most of the legislative jobs are done by the lower house, which is the House of Representatives.
“This is because we only sit three times a week. We are being paid salaries to work for Nigerians; we can extend the three days to five days while we have one house taking care of both jobs.
“So I think to reduce the unnecessary spending that we are involved in, the best thing to do is to reduce it to one for more accountability,” he said.
On the performance of the ninth assembly, the chairman of, the House Committee on Legislative Compliance said it had done remarkably well.
He stated that the first major milestone was when the ninth assembly passed the law of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
In his remarks, he said, “That was a significant one because the oil and gas industry was becoming a mess, and that is our major source of revenue as a country,”
According to him, another milestone achieved by the assembly is the Electoral Act amendment.
“We have done other bills that are also significant in this country, and I give kudos to the leadership of the house for providing leadership that counts,” he added.
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