Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo state, has advocated for one senator per state rather than the three that each state currently produces. On Monday, September 20, while speaking to the press in Abuja to commemorate his 59th birthday, Okorocha revealed this. However, the former governor stated that a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should be paid more than N13 million per month.
Despite public outcry over the jumbo pay received by members of the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha has stated that the approximately N13 million currently earned as salary and allowances by each senator is insufficient to do the job the lawmakers have been assigned.
According to The News, Okorocha spoke at a media meeting with the FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Monday, September 20, titled "Conversation with Rochas Okorocha at 59: Award of Icon of Service and Philanthropy."
He stated that a senator's salary is around N2 million, with a N3 million housing allowance and other allowances totaling about N11 million.
Okorocha had argued that the number of senators elected from each state should be reduced from three to one.
He stated, "
“But, that is not enough because if we have a senator, we should pay him well to do the job because he has no other job unless we want to make it part-time.”
Nigeria should reduce its governance costs.
Okorocha also emphasized the importance of lowering the cost of governance in Nigeria in order to save the country money. According to the former governor,
“Remember, when I proposed having one senator per state, it sparked widespread debate across the country. However, shortly after I mentioned this, Italy reduced the number of senators by 60%, as if they were copying me.
“Now, when it comes to lowering the cost of governance in Nigeria, one senator and three federal House members per state are preferable. This many people are capable of resolving Nigeria's constitutional issues.”
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