Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu called for the abolition of the Senate on Tuesday, and each district has an equal number of four representatives in the National Assembly. Akeredolu made the unveiling at the Akure Center for a public hearing in the Southwest region hosted by the House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitutional Review.
The governor, represented by his Deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said that the country should consider dropping the current bicameral structure of the National Assembly, and adopt 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 the 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,” he said.
Akeredolu said that all issues which elicited distrust and suspicion must be investigated dispassionately.
He said: “Nobody must be shut out; all must be treated equally. All decisions must be anchored on the principles of Equity and Justice.”
The governor noted that the constitutional review is an important task that must be taken seriously. Akeredolu also stated that income generation and distribution should reflect the extent to which a country participates in the economy.
Ministries, departments and agencies must be pruned to reflect the socio-economic realities of the moment.
“The government at the centre must divest itself of this self-inflicted heavy burden, for effective and impactful performance,” he noted.