Part Time Legislature: The Best Option For Nigeria – An Article By Huchennar Micheal

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August 21, 2016 – Part Time Legislature: The Best Option For Nigeria – An Article By Huchennar Micheal

Earlier this week Gen. Ibrahim Babagida celebrated his 75th birthday where he told newsmen about his past and present.

During the cause of this celebration and interview he made mention of an important issue which has been bothering my mind for long and I think it is high time I spell it out for Nigerians.

Babagida in his words said he regretted not scrapping the national assembly. He also added that he proposed a PART-TIME national assembly in 1989 in other to cut expenses.

Looking deep into this word of his do you think that idea is bad??

Nigeria as a country that operates a bicameral system which involves both ‘THE NATIONAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY’ and ‘THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE’ has been ranked as the country with the highest pay to her representatives.

According to professor ITSE SAGAY who once confirmed that the Nigeria legislators are the highest paid legislator said the senate house earn 240 million naira while the House of Representatives earn 204 million naira yet the civil servant struggle to get their hard earned minimum wage of 18,000.

I will propose that it high time we adopt a unicameral system that is, a one chamber (house) legislature like that of Texas (although the sitting may be more than that of Texas) which means that a chamber out of the two will be scrapped off.

Hence, the amount given to the remaining one house will be slashed. I will also suggest that we adopt a PART-TIME legislature so as to strengthen the country financially.

Imagine us (Nigeria) saving N342million naira out of the N444 million that is being paid to our so called legislators who are apparently doing nothing and devising new methods of stealing.

Hence, we must also know that this will not only help the country save more money but also help us get youths who are willing to work to such position because I believe strongly that the current legislators will start vacating the office since their wages has been slashed.

It will be clear to them that there won’t be any room for looting depending on the number of time they will be sitting.

This I believe will lead to transparency because every Nigerian will now be aware of days of meeting.

On this note I will cover the tips of my pen and give room for further opinion and criticism.

[Opinion Article by popular commentator Huchennar Micheal]

15 thoughts on “Part Time Legislature: The Best Option For Nigeria – An Article By Huchennar Micheal

  1. I strongly concur. I look forward to that day where mediocres in governments will be replaced by geniuses who have the nations’ interest at heart and are willing to lay their lives for the country as a result of patriotism. I have a dream!

  2. If there is a certainty of punishment, corruption will not be as bad as it is now. I am not a student of peaceful solutions to the nasty damages these crooks had dropped on our heads. What I would do If I were Buhari, it is ruthless and decisive; I would wait till my final few months in office. I would secretly prepare a general statement that has to be signed by all these politicians while under brief arrest in the house, failure to comply could mean death! These morons deserve or worth 500,00 Naira/month.

  3. @huchenna,I must commend you for this intelligent and brilliant article of yours. It is the most appreciated of all kind I’ve ever read on this site. The excellent article is a grim reminder of how we are been legally and systematically looted for decades by our legislators the worst been when we switched over to democratic system of government. Our legislators are not honestly transparent in their wages. They are the real legal robbers we have in the country using their law making process as weapons to defraud the public service.

    If I could recall vividly,senator’s salary and allowances in nigeria as of 2013 was #29.4million. Now if you divide that amount 31 days in a month,you will have a whopping #498,630 per day! which a university professor does not make in a month. A member of the house of representative earn #10,850,000 also. Divide it by 31 days in a month,you have #350,000 per day! In addition,both nigeria senators and rep members are entitled to #500,000 per night for local trips. This amounts wasted on this greedy politicians is really mind bugling and outrageous. No wonder we do have 70 percent of the nation’s budget allocated to expenditures. We are in a sense using a very huge amount of the nation’s resources to service just less than 1,000 people in a country of over 170 million people. That means we are running the costliest democracy in the world. And their is no way we can develop when we spend this huge amount of money to service just a few people. My fellow forumers the question now is,if we spend this amount of money,where are we going to get money for production activities to expand the economy? When an average nigerian cannot access good medical care,good roads and other basic things while our legislators are smiling to bank. Honestly this type of democracy is evil and has been hampering economic growth of our beloved nation. And I think in order to combat the big hole on our national treasury part of which is caused by our legislators,now is the time for our federal government to come out with a decision whether the economy should keep supporting the two houses and whether legislators should serve full-time or per-time basis in order to save more money to strengthen our economy just like the writer
    @huchennah also suggested. Once more @huchennah thanks for your article. You are obviously not going to have any criticism based on your fine write-up except for the governmental looters who are greedy and only bent on crippling our economy or those who are closely related and support to them. If we start operating this type of system, we are no doubt going to be pulled out of this financial crisis that beset our country.

  4. @HUCHENNAR MICHEAL 100% TRUE TALK.YOU ARE THE BOMB. VOTING FOR YOU IN THE NEXT FEDERAL ELECTION!!!

  5. @Huchennar you said it all. Your memory willnt run dry. More knowledge wisdom and understanding for you. Bro, it can only get better.

  6. @ Huchennar, good idea but I think any attempt to bring a Bill for the execution of this idea is not likely to see the light of day because it is the people with the power to pass such Bill that will be adversely affected. To practically float the idea, there is need to bring it up in the next National Conference, if any. This is because the kind of change such idea will bring involves an Amendment in the nation’s present Constitution. Also, there is need to put in some checks to prevent possible abuses in the expected system; otherwise even when the number of legislators are reduced and their duties are classified as “part time”, the legislators can still fix their emoluments at very high rates and only need to make a law giving themselves full payment of whatever they earn “as retirement benefits” after only one tenure in office and the entire vicious circle of waste will start all over again.
    Furthermore, there is need to change the mindset of people that fewer representatives will represent every interest group, otherwise, the expectation of the”grassroots people” that once the people they “worked for” to ensure they are put into office as legislators will”settle” them grassroots once they assume office will also mitigate against the hope of the idea of part time legislators being endorsed by the populace.

  7. What is upsetting me about this Legislathieves is these Armed Robbers in the Office have nothing to offer this Nation. They are just getting paid for doing nothing. They know how to fight for increment for their allowance but they could not cut their Salary to help millions of Nigeria for poverty alleviation. To be honest with you folks, I don’t see any reason for keeping both house chambers Infact this is a scam. We are discussing about how to get ourselves out of recession, this is one of the solutions. We need to do some real adjustment in order to get ourselves out of this mess. Since these selfish Senators are not ready to help in the process, Nigerians are the only ones that can help themselves in reshaping this Country.

  8. you have just scratched the surface. there are more to the problems. Who has the right to be a legislator? Any dick and harry who has money? How does a legislator come into office? by elections that are rigged and votes bought with ill gotten money? what does a legislator take home? any amount of money he allocates to himself?
    oh, my friend, there are much more questions

  9. first of all I will say kudos to u for this beautiful article its really impressing.. As the famous saying goes it is easier said than done adopting unicameral legislator its a beautiful idea but me and u no our beloved country won’t adopt this standard y? many believe that bicameral legislature brings opportunity for people to participate in politics in there country I totally agree bicameral legislature is actually not bad but my country we are gifted with corruption and deception that any gud ideology we tend to use it for negative aims. more of this sir… I can see Mr kola is affecting ur life. lol…

  10. Your pointers are good.About time we did like Senegal in 2012.We should scrap the Senate ,one House is ok.It is, obviously, a sheer profligacy keeping 2 Houses.We are now poor.The dolts at the Senate are using the place as a restroom for all the tired heads making doltish laws.Nice one.

  11. I too in my opinion i support the idea, even we can select the top business tacon that has experiences, eg Dangote ,and also in the state house of assembly should be part time.

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