Former Imo State governor and a current serving Senator, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday in Abuja, stressed the need to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria with a view to saving money for the country.
He said this at a media parley with the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, titled ‘Conversation with Rochas Okorocha at 59: Award of Icon of service and Philanthropy.
“Remember, I said let us have one senator per state and it raised a lot of controversy in the country. But shortly after I talked about that, Italy reduced the numbers of their senators by 60 percent just as if they copied from me”.
“You know, Nigeria will like to maintain the old way, but if you keep doing things the same old way, you will keep getting the same old result, so we must try something new”.
“Now, when you talk about cutting down the cost of governance, Nigeria is better off with one senator per State and three Federal House Members per State. This number of people can solve Nigeria’s constitutional problems”.
“We are too many and what is it that three senators can do in a State that one senator cannot do? I have asked this question, but nobody answered me; emotions drive this country rather than issues”.
“Those funds would have been engaged in the productive sector of our economy to produce something that we will export or do something for Nigeria,” the former governor remarked”.
According to him, a senator’s salary is about N2 million with a housing allowance of N3 million and other allowances amounting to about N11 million.
I guess every Nigerian will be glad if our leaders can take this advice seriously.
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