Governor Akeredolu says Senate should be scrapped
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has advocated for the country to have a unicameral legislature, which would result in the abolition of the Senate.
On Tuesday, June 1, he stated at the Akure Centre of the South-West Zonal Public Hearing on Constitution Review that the upper house of the National Assembly should be abolished and the Assembly should operate on a part-time basis to decrease the expense of administration.
According to Akeredolu, no legislator should get allowances that are not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee or, more significantly, the people they profess to serve. He also advocated for the establishment of a state police force, the devolution of powers, the management of resources by the state, and the decentralization of the Supreme Court, among other things.
The Governor said;
“The position of the Ondo State Government has been made public. We advocate for a Federal Government largely reduced in size and scope of engagement. We want to see a Constitution that will enhance the performance of public office holders at all levels.
“It is possible to have a government that will serve the people in deed and truth. The law of the land must aid this realistic expectation. We must reduce the cost of governance and shift attention to service delivery in this trying period.
“The country may consider dropping the current bicameral structure of the National Assembly and adopt a unicameral legislature. The membership of the Assembly should be part time. No member should earn allowances not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee and, more importantly, people they claim to serve.
“Legislators should earn under a uniform salary structure. Allowance peculiarities must not be about obscenity. The Senate should be scrapped. The House of Representatives too should not be unwieldly. A maximum of four representatives should come from each zone.”