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Cost of governance: Fayemi disagrees with Okorocha, wants Senate scrapped



Cost of governance: Fayemi disagrees with Okorocha, wants Senate scrapped

Governor Kayode Fayemi of  Ekiti State has called for a move from the bicameral legislature to a unicameral legislature.

The former minister for mines and steel said the scrapping of the Senate would reduce the size of governance and fit the current economic realities.

Nigeria’s national assembly consists of a Senate with 109 members and a 360-member House of Representatives.

He spoke at one of the panel sessions on the sidelines of the 25th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit with the theme, ‘Nigeria 2050: Shifting gears.’ The session was attended by the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler; Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Jordi Borrut Bel, and the Country Manager of the International Finance Corporation, Eme Essien.

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Fayemi also said the Stephen Oronsaye committee report that recommended the scrapping and merging of some agencies of the Federal Government should be considered.

He said,

“We do need to look at the size of government in Nigeria and I am an advocate of a unicameral legislature. What we really need is the House of Representatives, because that is what represents.

“You have three senators from little Ekiti and you have three senators from Lagos state.

“It’s a no-brainer that it’s unequal, I guess the principle is not proportionality but that if you are a state, you get it automatically.

“But I think that we can do away with that. There are several things that we can do away with within the government.

“The Oronsaye report that proposed mergers of several Ministries Departments and Agencies that are doing the same thing is something that the government should pay serious attention to and reduce the resources being expended on them.”

On the issue of security vote, Fayemi said this was not peculiar to Nigeria alone as it existed in various forms across the world.

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He added,

“The important thing is the government utilises a wide range of mechanisms to guarantee security in a state and it is not just ammunition and weapons that I am talking about.”

WuzupNigeria reports that just last week, the senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, suggested that the number of senators from each state should be reduced from three to one while each state will have only three members in the house of representatives.

“What (are) three senators doing that one senator cannot do?” Okorocha asked.

“Here, we have three senators per state. Over there,(house of representatives) over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.”

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