POLITICS

Nigeria should have Just 36 Senators, 1/State, Not 109- Okorocha

Mr. Rochas Okorocha has suggested that the number of Senators be slashed from 109 to 36, since that best reflects the number of states in Nigeria.

The former Imo State Governor made this call during a media chat with the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Abuja on Monday.

“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,” said Mr Okorocha.

He said no one listened to him when he brought this up.

“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.”

“Remember, I said let us have one senator per state, and it raised a lot of controversy in the whole country. But, shortly after, I talked about that Italy reduced the number of their senators by 60 per cent just as if they copied from me,” the senator added.

“You know Nigeria will like to maintain the old way, but if you keep doing things the same old way, you keep getting the same old result, so we must try something new.”

According to Mr. Okorocha, a senator’s salary is about N2 million with a housing allowance of N3 million and other allowances amounting to about N11 million.

“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,’’ he added.

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