By Sylvanus Okpe
The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district, Rochas Okorocha, has called for the total scrapping of the House of Representatives, noting that Nigeria cannot afford their expenditure anymore.
Okorocha, a former Governor of Imo state, stated this while contributing to a committee report on
MTEF at the Senate Thursday’s plenary.
He faulted the bicameral legislature, stressing that there was nothing too pertinent that Senators and House of Representatives members are doing that only senators could not do.
Okorocha in his reaction to the 2019 budget deficit, which was revealed by the Committee report on Budget and National Planning, lamented that government was expending too much funds on lawmakers.
“To me, what is too important that a House member is doing that a Senator from the same state is not doing?”
“It is time for us to sacrifice and I want to say that a Senator is enough to represent a State in order to cut cost. We must do sacrifice for the nation. ”
Okorocha further urged the federal government to spend more money on production that would yield revenue for the country rather than capital expenditures.
Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan however, disagreed with Okorocha, maintaining that the Constitution provided for the practice of bicameral legislature.
He also urged Okorocha to take advantage of his liberty and position as a senator to sponsor a bill, recommending one Parliament.
Senate President pointed out the advantage of bicameral legislature, noting that the existence of upper and lower legislative Chambers was to enable lawmakers think deep and constructively for the country.