Group wants part-time National Assembly

Senate Chamber

A group of Nigerians on Wednesday called for constitutional amendment to make the National Assembly work on part-time basis.

The group, Be the Change Organisation, at a rally at Unity Fountain, Abuja, also called for the scrapping of the Nigerian Senate.

Some Nigerians have argued that the output of the National Assembly is not commensurate with the huge funds expended by the institution.

Members of Be the Change Organization aligned themselves with the argument.

The group called on the leadership of the National Assembly to disclose to Nigerians its annual budget.

Convener of the group, Recson Pedheke, told PREMIUM TIMES that the group was planning a mass protest march against the National Assembly and other government agencies for October.

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“On October 10, we shall be going to the National Assembly in our thousands and our demand is the immediate opening up of the budget of the National Assembly to Nigerians.

“We will demand that the budget of the NASS in the last 16 years be opened up for review and examination by the people.

“We will be demanding restructuring and downward review of the salaries and related benefits of the National Assembly members. We are also asking that all legislative business must become part-time. NASS and RMAFC are the target here.

“Nigerians are demanding a unicameral legislative house. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are too expensive for Nigeria,” Mr. Recson said.

Another member and a co-convener of the group, Maryam Ikunnaye, said: “the reforms in education, agriculture and police and other government agencies must be taken seriously.”

On the issue of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, Mrs. Ikunnaye said the group was aware that it is not being strictly adhered to.

“The CJN and the NJC are culpable and must clean up quickly or we are coming to the Judiciary too,” he said.

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  • joelaw

    I pray you succeed. The senate will fight it tooth and nail, only a sustained mass protest will make them even consider the idea. The citizens can achieve the objective, but i doubt it will happen.