Sunday, January 08, 2012

Nigerian Legislators Are Behaving Like Unruly Pupils In A Classroom

Nigerian legislators often forget that they are no longer school pupils in a secondary school.

I have just been following the so called emergency session of the House of Representatives on Sunday January 8, 2012, to address the unpopular removal of the fuel subsidy on petrol and the state of emergency over terrorist attacks in the middle belt and northern states. But I see that majority of them are not really bothered as they are busy antagonizing themselves without any definite resolution.

Many of them are misbehaving like pupils in a classroom and laughing when the country is threatening to implode?

They said Nigeria is broke, but they are not even bothered about reviewing their own salaries and allowances and the lopsided revenue allocation formula.

Since Nigeria is broke, the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) should fix the total monthly salary of a senator at N1.06m and that of a House of Representatives member at N794, 000. And anyone who is not ready to accept it should resign!

After all, Nigeria was even a better country when there was no National Assembly. Therefore, a nation can function well without these so called lawmakers who are nothing more than political contractors in the corridors of power.

The following allowances should be suspended until further notice,with the exception of the allowances for annual leave.

Accommodation allowances, furniture allowances, vehicle allowances and travel allowances.

~ By Orikinla Osinachi

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