109 Senators, 380 Reps Too Many, Says Okorocha
The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha says 109 Senators and 380 members of the House of Representatives are too many for Nigeria.
Okorocha disclosed this on Thursday at the plenary.
The lamented the cost the country incurred accommodating the large numbers of lawmakers from each state, urging that it should be reduced
He advised that there should be one senator and three members of the House of Representatives from each state to cut the cost of governance.
“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 wondered what the Ninth Senate was doing from the Previous Senate.
He said, “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.”
“Just two days ago to change your style”, adding: “If you change your style, you will get a new result,” he added
“Let’s proffer solutions and not create more problems for the executives. They are waiting for us. What do we have different to show?” Okorocha queried.
The Senator added, “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 to our materials, not our sizes. The budget of Nigeria is cut according to our size not the material available, and according to the solution.”