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"MPs must pay back the money for Constitution amendment"

08 June 2015, 11:55 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Friends in the Gap Advocacy Initiative (FGAI), a Parliamentary watchdog group, has demanded that members of the National Assembly refund money expended for the last Constitution amendment exercise.

“From available information, this last Constitution amendment exercise cost the country about N4 billion,” the group Executive Director, George Oji, said.

“Members of the National Assembly should be made to refund the N4 billion expended for the Constitution amendment exercise because the said amount constitutes Nigerian taxpayers' money.

"In the alternative, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the withholding of the severance allowances for members of the 7th National Assembly,” said Oji.

Also Read: Buhari to diversify economy from oil to agriculture, mining

FGAI believed that if prudently deployed, the said N4 billion will go a very long way in addressing some of the nation's infrastructural needs or generate sizable employment for the growing number of unemployed Nigerian youths, said the official.

Meanwhile, Oji said the legislature had failed Nigerians in the constitution amendment exercise.

He also condemned the last minute moves by some select lawmakers to engage the former President Goodluck Jonathan in alleged underhand arrangements that were intended to lead to the surreptitious signing of the document.

He commended the former President for rebuffing the moves and refusing to append his signature to the Constitution alteration.

- CAJ News

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