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Lawmaker rejects part-time legislative plans

11 June 2014, 08:35Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Cross River District Senator, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has dismissed calls for the operation of a part-time legislative system in the country.  

Last week, delegates at the ongoing National Conference had adopted a recommendation by its Committee on Public Service that lawmakers, both at national and state levels, do their work on a part-time basis to reduce cost of governance.

Ndoma-Egba described the proposal as a "cheap propaganda" arguing that the delegates were not fair in their assessment.

“As far as I’m concerned, it is a strange recommendation because I do not see how you want to have that in a presidential system of government. I’m not aware of any country with presidential system practising part-time legislature. If their worry is truly about cost of governance, then they need to think more deeply and do a proper and dispassionate assessment of the situation on ground," the Cross River legislator said.
He said the budget of the National Assembly in the last six years had remained N150 billion, which is less than 3 percent of the entire budget that is about 4,9 trillion for 2014.

"This means that if you even decide to scrap the entire NASS, what you will be saving is just about 3 percent of the national budget. This 3 percent takes care of the salaries of the lawmakers and their allowances, salaries of their aides, salaries of staff of National Institute of Legislative Studies from the DG to the cleaner, staff of National Assembly Service Commission, our subscription to international parliamentary bodies. Can you compare this with the opaque fuel regime and the pension regime?"

He denied suggestions local legislators were overpaid.

“It is not true."

- CAJ News

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