The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha on Thursday urged the Senate to cut down the cost of governance by having one lawmaker instead of three per state.
Okorocha said this in reaction to the report presented by the Committee on Finance and National Planning on the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Planning Strategy Paper (FSP).
“This country must begin to make sacrifices. Our country provides that we have three senators. What are three senators per state doing that one single senator from that state cannot do?
“With over 300 representatives from each state; each of them creates increased demands from the economic system.
“What we need to have under the present ugly situation is a senatorial representative, one per state to reduce cost of governance.”
“Secondly, we need to fund the productive sector of our economy. Government is business.
“Our Senate, this red chamber must not operate our budget from an accountant perspective but an economic perspective,” he said.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan asked the former Imo State Governor to sponsor a bill for amendment to relevant sections of the constitution to provide for one senator per state.