Confab: Mixed reactions trail delegates’ recommendation for part-time legislature

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LAGOS – Some Nigerians on in Lagos expressed mixed  reactions the  recommendation by the Conference that legislators’ functions should be  on part-time basis reduce  cost of governance.

One of the respondents, the of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Malam Yusuf Buba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the delegates’ recommendation was ‘timely’.

is good at least discourage so many money bags from being desperate about going the Assembly. be only good for people who really want to make inputs.

“But on the other hand, not make any difference if the people do not change attitude towards corruption.

“Because, once the people going are corrupt, whether it is part time or full time, they will be corrupt.

“We also have to know the details.

“What are the modalities for the part time? Is it that they will come in, spend one week and go back to constituency or until when they will seat again?

“And then how will it affect the output from the national assembly, their bills their legislation and so on?’’

However, the Executive Director of the Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Malam Auwal Musa (also known as Rafsanjani), said that Nigeria needed a full-time legislation.

“The way things are in Nigeria, we need the National Assembly on full-time if we want to have a robust oversight on the executive in terms of , programmes and legislation compliance.

“But what we need to do is to reduce the unnecessary spending on the legislature and make it unattractive for all the elective positions.’’

The delegates at the National Conference had on June 4, unanimously adopted the recommendation of the on Service.

The also called for the review of the salaries of the legislators to ensure that their allowances are comparable with what obtained in other arms of the service.