Committee on Public Service recommends part-time legislature

The Committee on Public Service yesterday said legislators at both State and Federal levels should be on part-time basis and their remunerations should be comparable to other arms of government.

The committee also recommended the amendment of the portion of the constitution that requires the president to appoint at least one minister from each state to read “not more than one minister from each state.”

By this, the number of ministers has therefore been reduced from 42 to 36.

It also recommended the full implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPS) to include the military, paramilitary, judiciary and the legislature. On budget reform, the committee recommended that projects should have terminal dates and not be perpetually on the budget.
The Millennium Tower and the Lokoja-Abuja road which have been on-going for about 13 and 8 years respectively were cited as examples.
The Committee also wants the National Framework for monitoring and evaluating budget to be made more functional.

Also, the committee on Economy, Trade and Investment also met to fine-tune the reports of its various sub-committees as members expect the acting Governor of the Central Bank who is billed to interact with them tomorrow.

General Anthony Ukpo suggested that government should invest in areas that do not have immediate commercial interest value like the space program. He also suggested that government should strengthen regulation.

Meanwhile, most of the other Committees have already completed their job and are collating reports which would be submitted to the secretariat of the National Conference before the end of the week.

Source: Daily Trust

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