The former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has stressed the need to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria by having one senator per state.
That is 36 instead of 109 senators.
“Now, when you talk about cutting down the cost of governance, Nigeria is better off with one senator per state and three federal House members per state. This number of people can solve Nigeria’s constitutional problems,” said Mr Okorocha at a media parley with the FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists on Monday. “We are too many, and what is it that three senators can do in a state that one senator cannot do? I have asked this question, but nobody answered me; emotions drive this country rather than issues.”
The former Imo governor, who advocated a reduction in the number of senators from three to one per state, described it as one of the ways to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria.
“Remember, I said let us have one senator per state, and it raised a lot of controversy in the whole country. But, shortly after, I talked about that Italy reduced the number of their senators by 60 per cent just as if they copied from me,” the senator added. “You know Nigeria will like to maintain the old way, but if you keep doing things the same old way, you keep getting the same old result, so we must try something new.”
According to Mr Okorocha, a senator’s salary is about N2 million with a housing allowance of N3 million and other allowances amounting to about N11 million.
“But, that is not enough because if we have a senator, we should pay him well to do the job because he has no other job unless we want to make it part-time,’’ he added.
Nigeria’s federal parliament is bicameral, consisting of a senate with 109 members and 360 members in the House of Representatives.