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Former military dictator, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida,retd has said if he had the opportunity he would make the National Assembly a part time job for the federal lawmakers.
Babangida, who just turned 75, made this revalation during a session with members of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Minna, Niger State.
The former Head of State, while responding to a question on what he would do differently if he had the opportunity, said he would like to cut down the cost of governanace by making the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) part time.
He said, “during my public life, there were a number of decisions we took as a military officer or as a political leader or when I was a dictato. If I have the chance again, I would have done it differently.
For example, in 1989, we proposed that the National Assembly should be on part-time basis but the decision was not upheld. I still believe that if I had the opportunity, I would make the National Assembly part time. I believe in that very strongly, it was all in an effort to cut down the cost of governance.”
It is no news that members of the NASS earn so much in salary and allowances, and there have been call from different quarters for the cut in the lawmakers’ pay.