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Group Berates N/A Over Clamour For Immunity, Life Pension

Posted: Jun 23, 2016 at 4:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Augustine Adah
Lagos –  Prince Adebola Adeniji-Adele, President, Citizens Liberation Advocacy Initiatives (CLAI), a nongovernmental organisation has described the plan to give immunity to some principal officers of National Assembly as unreasonable and not in the best interest of the country.
Adeniji-Adele stated that senate president, speaker, House of Representatives and other members of the National Assembly do not require immunity before they can do the job in which they were elected.
He said, “Why should they ask for immunity in the first place, the immunity for executive arm is because of the peculiar nature of their job?”.  He reiterated the earlier suggestion to make legislative job in Nigeria a part time affair.
“Majority of those in the National Assembly or other political positions are motivated by the benefits they are likely to derive and not the service they would render to the people of their constituencies.
“If you cut the present allowances and total emoluments of lawmakers by 50 or 60 percent, you would discover that many of them would not be keen in occupying that position.”
He urged lawmakers to be more concerned on how to better the lot of the people their represent instead of asking for improved welfare package for themselves.
“If lawmaking in Nigeria becomes a part time business, it would give lawmakers more opportunity to face their business and stop thinking more of what they would gain from the job.”