By Emman Ovuakporie,
ABUJA—MEMBERS of the House of Representatives, yesterday, vowed that any attempt to turn the Nigerian legislature into a part time arm of government would be resisted by lawmakers.
They argued in a chat with Vanguard that nobody could take the Nigerian legislature for a ride and expect it to fold its arms.
One of the reps, a principal officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “What we are going to do is simply wait for the bill to come first and you will see how we’ll tear it to shreds.
“Why Nigerians focus more on the legislature continues to make me wonder whether we actually know what we want.
“In Kenya where the population is less than 40 million, their lawmakers earn higher than us that have more than 170 million Nigerians to make laws for.
“Even the Central Bank of Nigeria collects as much as N400 billion annually compared to the N115 billion we collect annually.
“Well, if that is what they want, then they should bring the bill; we’ll give it adequate attention that it deserves.”
Another lawmaker, Sunday Karimi, PDP Kogi, speaking almost in the same vein, noted that any attempt to make the legislature a part time affair would be resisted.
He said: “Except they want it to be a mere rubber stamp of the executive arm and there is no way it will favour the Nigerian people.
“As it is today, the state assemblies have been pocketed by the governors, if you try it at the national level the same thing will be replicated. Well, if such a bill is sent, I’m sorry it will remain in NASS, it won’t move from there.
“But I do know very well that this budget padding saga is a contributing factor for this call to turn legislative business to a part time job.”