The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha has expressed worry over Nigeria’s spending on lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
Okorocha who was reacting to the report presented by the Committee on Budget and National Planning at the floor of the Senate house during Thursday’s plenary complained that the number of house members from each states was too much, stressing that there was no superficial duty a house member was doing that a senator can’t do.
The former Imo state governor said, “Mr. President of the Senate, distinguished colleagues, let’s tell ourselves the truth. Look at the number of House of Representatives members and Senators. ”
“To me, what is too important that a House member is doing that a Senator from the same state is not doing?”
Giving his opinion on the 2019 Budget Deficit by the Committee which revealed Nigeria was spending outrageous sum on house members in the green chambers, Okorocha said it was pertinent for Nigeria to cut down the number of the members in the bicameral legislature as the country can no longer afford their expenditure.
“It is time for us to sacrifice and I want to say that a Senator is enough to represent a State in order to cut cost. We must do sacrifice for the nation. ” He added
Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan while reacting to Senator Okorocha’s view disclosed that Nigeria’s Constitution provided for the practice of bicameral legislature. He explained that the existence of upper and lower legislative chambers was to help the lawmakers think critically for the country.
Lawan advised that Okorocha he was at liberty to sponsor a bill advocating for one Parliament.