The Ondo state governor, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu has called for a unicameral legislature for the country to reduce hardship due scarcity of resources
He said this in the state capital while in Akure Centre of the South-West Zonal Public Hearing on the constitution review, on Tuesday, the governor said the upper chamber of the National Assembly should be scrapped to reduce the cost of governance.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa also said Salary of every member of the house should be aligned and completely conform with minimumm wage being adopted by the federal government adding that no member should be earning allowance not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee most especially to the people such member is represmetimg at federal level
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 unwieldy. A maximum of four representatives should come from each zone.
“The states must have a judicial system which conforms with its aspirations to develop an effective and efficient judicial system should be anchored on the peculiarities of a State and the quest to ain’tain law and order. The hierarchy of courts should be about satisfying the need to dispense justice among the people.
“The courts must represent the readiness of the people to submit themselves to the rule of law. The system must not be withdrawn and oppressive as the current composition suggests. Zones should have their own Courts of Appeal.”
Nigeria is running under a bicameral system of government where currently 109 member are in red chamber known as Senate and 360 member green chamber known as House of representative where according to report release by the Guradian Newspaper, each member earn a sum of N372,000,000 per annum which include Running Allowance of N163,000,000 per annum and Constituency Projects of N200,000,000 per annum.