He was daring; he was controversial; he was the former governor of Imo State who was serially criticised for embarking on grandiose projects such as statues that bear no direct economic benefit to the people of the state. Now, he is joining Nigerians to decry the huge size of the National Assembly and the associated cost of maintaining federal lawmakers.
His name is Rochas Okorocha, the Senator representing Imo West at the senate.
He took his colleagues to task on Thursday during plenary, requesting them to rethink the size of the National Assembly and the way the affairs of the Senate are conducted. He wants a drastic reduction in the number of representatives at both chambers.
“What are three senators doing that one senator cannot do, Okorocha asked. Here, we have three Senators per state. Over there (House of Representatives), we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance”, he said.
Sen. Okorocha challenged his colleagues to think of new ways of doing things. “If what we are doing today is similar to what we did in the eight senate, be rest assured that the result will be the same”, he said. He also advised Senate President Ahmad Lawan to change his style so as to get better results.
Okorocha, reputed for his running battle with the APC National leadership, sought a better working relationship between the National Assembly and the Executive. “Let’s proffer solutions and not create more problems for the executives”, he stressed.
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