Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, has advocated that the Senate should be scrapped and the country should adopt a unicameral legislature.
Akeredolu said this at the Akure Centre of the House of Representatives’ South-West Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the 1999 constitution, held at the International Cultural and Event Centre, Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday.
The governor, who was represented at the event by Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the state’s Deputy Governor, also recommended that lawmaking should be made a part-time job at both the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly in order to reduce the cost of governance.
He also insisted on the devolution of power, saying that some responsibilities given to the Federal Government by the constitution should be transferred to state governments.
He said: “The position of the Ondo State Government has been made public. We advocate for a Federal Government largely reduced in size and scope of engagement. We want to see a Constitution that will enhance the performance of public office holders at all levels.
“It is possible to have a government that will serve the people in deed and truth. The law of the land must aid this realistic expectation. We must reduce the cost of governance and shift attention to service delivery in this trying period.”
“The country may consider dropping the current bicameral structure of the National Assembly and adopt a unicameral legislature. The membership of the Assembly should be part-time. No member should earn allowances not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee and, more importantly, people they claim to serve.
“Legislators should earn under a uniform salary structure. Allowance peculiarities must not be about obscenity. The Senate should be scrapped. The House of Representatives too should not be unwieldy. A maximum of four representatives should come from each zone.”
Governor Akeredolu also stated that his state supports the creation of state police, state control of resources, decentralization of the supreme court among others.