– Yakubu Dogara has lashed out at the electorate in Anambra state over the incessant removal of NASS members
– The Speaker of the House of Representatives say its a way of short-changing the people of the state
– Dogara says there will be no qualitative representation if the NASS members are removed at every election
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has advised the people of Anambra state to stop removing their National Assembly (NASS), members at every election,saying it is a bad procedure for political growth.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara says Anambra state’s politics would not grow if they continue to remove NASS members at every election.
Dogara argued that the action of removing the legislators incessantly was denying the area quality representation and access to NASS leadership.
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Vanguard reports that the Speaker who spoke at Obosi during an economic empowerment programme by Mr. Obinna Chidoka, the member representing Idemili North/Idemili South federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said: “In the place where I serve, which is the House of Representatives, experience counts. If I were a first time member, there was no way I would have been the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“That is the rule and except it changes, it therefore means that if you keep removing your members in every election, there is no way this area can produce a leader in the National Assembly, let alone the Speaker.”
Chidoka’s empowerment programme, which attracted many members of NASS, including the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, and former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, witnessed the distribution of 100 units of camping gas, 52 sewing machines, 15 motorcycles, 21 grinding machines, 10 generators, 10 tricycles and 16 electric transformers.
Meanwhile, Chidoka promised that the scheme would be continuous so that more constituents would benefit.
In a bid to be more transparent, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have agreed to reveal accounts of the National Assembly and pay of lawmakers.
Reports suggest that the helmsmen of the National Assembly and the management of the National Assembly, will come up with a financial manual for the Assembly.
A statement issued by the Office of the Clerk partly reads: “Against the backdrop of persistent outcry by the public and some legislators to disclose their wages, salaries and allowances, efforts in this regard, appears to be gaining acceptance by the leadership of the National Assembly.
“Realising the importance and need in line with the current administration’s drive and focus of President Muhammadu Buhari, the management of the National Assembly is proposing certain fiscal and monetary disciplinary measures to bring about prudent and transparent approach to expenditure of legislators and bureaucrats.”