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We do not need 109 senators and 360 reps in Nigeria – Rochas Okorocha

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Ex governor of Imo state and now Senator representing Imo West at the senate, Rochas Okorocha has launched a campaign for the reduction of lawmakers at the national assembly to cut the cost of governance.

While speaking at the plenary session yesterday Thursday October 3, the senator said the number of Senators representing each state should be reduced from three to one. He also advocated for only three house of representatives members for each state.

“What (are) three senators doing that one senator cannot do?” Okorocha asked.

“Here, we have three senators per state. Over there,(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.”

Okorocha also asked what the current senate is doing different from the eight senate and previous ones.

“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 added.

He also told Senate President Ahmad Lawan that he pleaded with him “just two days ago to change your style”, adding: “If you change your style, you will get a new result.”

“Let’s proffer solutions and not create more problems for the executives. They are waiting for us. What do we have different to show?” the senator asked.

“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.

“This problem arises from the fact that we depend on only one source of income which is crude oil, which consists of over 50% of our revenue and 90% of our foreign reserves, ad this oil is static.

“We should look inwards. Let us cut our clothes according our materials not our sizes. The budget of Nigeria is cut according to our size not the material available, and according to the solution.”

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  1. This is a welcome development but to what extent is the intent behind it and to what extent will it acceptable to his fellow senators and the reps at the lower house.
    However, the ball is in the court of Nigerian Youths. We need to support this statement and Rochas until the bill is out and constitution amendment is done.
    We also expect more adjustments demand for such adjustments to include reduction in retirement benefits of all key public holders and politicians from President to Local Govt Chairmen.
    You can imagine how many more health centres will be built, how many more resources will be saved to pay minimum wage daily, how many more children will be taken off the streets through FREE EDUCATION (which they enjoyed but denied this current generation), how much foreign debt exposure will be reduced; and may be lots more good to the society could be achieved.

    But like I said, I hope this is not mere rethorics but a deeply thought opinion that should generate its likes and great support from us all until we see it implemented for a new Nigeria.

    Let us indeed cut our clothes according to the available materials and not to our size.

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