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Rep regrets high rate of dropout of ranking lawmakers

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 3:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Isaac Olamikan –  Special Correspondent, Benin


A member of the House of Representatives from Esan South East and North East Federal Constituency, Mr. Friday Itulah, has condemned the high rate of ranking federal lawmakers not returning to the hallowed chambers in a couple of weeks.

“It is not the best for deepening of the legislature. The legislature is an institution of its own that requires a lot of experience. And to that extent the more experienced people you have there the better for the system.

“It’s unfortunate, because our electoral system is yet to attain the maturity that it deserves, we do not see the essence of retaining those that we have elected.

“Once you get to your constituency they complain that you have overstayed in the position. It ought not to be so because we are talking about service delivery. Once you know what it takes to conduct legislative affairs everybody benefits from it.

“But then in a situation such as ours where the high rate of unemployment is still there a lot of people see your engagement and they also want to take-off from there.

“Am sure with time all these things will stabilise. We are learning and the process is ongoing. And you do know that we have had a lot of interregnum since 1960 when we gained independence. It’s only the Fourth Republic now that we have had consecutive succession otherwise before now it has not been so.

“If the process continues like that by the time we spend thirty years of continuous democracy we will get it better,” Itulah stated. He disclosed that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will slug it out with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State during the governorship poll next year.