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Nigerian Senate , most expensive rubber stamp - Punch Newspapers

The most widely read newspaper in Nigeria

21 January 2022The headline of leading newspapers in Nigeria on Thursday, January 20, 2022, was disheartening to read. Many of the dailies read, “Senate bows to Buhari.” The headlines were so because the Nigerian Senate, after a needlessly prolonged process, was finally dancing to the tune of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as regards the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. A few days before that day, I told friends that this Act would come through but not without Buhari— or whoever was running the country— getting what he wanted. Alas, the Senate, that’s supposedly the last hope of the masses, elected to check and balance any unruly executive power; the eyes of the people and the citizens’ mouthpiece, has abandoned their primary duty to become another extension of the executive. Let’s call a spade a spade; this current National Assembly is a rubber stamp and one of the most expensive in the world!

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All they do all day as a Rubber-stamp bunch That's true Unfortunately....true Na today? We don know this one tey! Very sorry I wonder who's gonna heal this country with Men around.. maybe heavens itself Expensive shit Not far from reality Yes, they are, most useless Very correct.

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Senate Considers Bill To Bar Landlords From Collecting Annual RentMembers of the Senate have proposed a bill seeking to make it an offence for landlords to demand payment of advance rent from tenants of residential and office buildings and spaces beyond three months. I still don't understand the 'Bar from collecting annual rent'... What do you mean here Funny senators. They should deliberate on what concerns the nation as a whole and will definitely move it forward. Topmost for me is that all presidential candidates should come from the same region, we this we can move the nation forward.

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Published 21 January 2022 The headline of leading newspapers in Nigeria on Thursday, January 20, 2022, was disheartening to read. Many of the dailies read, “ Senate bows to Buhari. ” The headlines were so because the Nigerian Senate, after a needlessly prolonged process, was finally dancing to the tune of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as regards the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. A few days before that day, I told friends that this Act would come through but not without Buhari— or whoever was running the country— getting what he wanted. Alas, the Senate, that’s supposedly the last hope of the masses, elected to check and balance any unruly executive power; the eyes of the people and the citizens’ mouthpiece, has abandoned their primary duty to become another extension of the executive. Let’s call a spade a spade; this current National Assembly is a rubber stamp and one of the most expensive in the world! For a country like Nigeria splashing a ridiculous amount on lawmaking, one should expect better from the leadership of the Nigerian Senate. In 2019 Nigeria reportedly had the second-highest-paid federal legislators in the world (after Singapore) with each senator earning around N328,359,000 per year in salaries and allowances. The Senate is mandated to at least sit for 180 days a year, so you can calculate how much that is per sitting. For both legislative chambers, the annual cost for 109 Senators and 360 House of Representatives members is about N69 billion a year. According to a 2019 The PUNCH newspaper publication, that amount can pay 191,954 civil servants the minimum wage. We continue to spend this kind of money in a country that’s the poverty capital of the world with a majority of its population living on less than $2 a day. Yet, there is little or no democratic dividend to show for it. It’s not that those at the Senate are the most capable in the land seeing that the red chamber has fast become a retirement home for many former governors, ministers and individuals of questionable characters and academic qualifications. Also, we cannot justify their jumbo pay on the basis of lawmaking as only 274 bills were passed by the Nigerian Senate between 2015 and 2019. In the US, 442 laws were passed by Congress between January 2017 and January 2019 alone. We may not be able to ascertain the impact of bills passed but the difference is glaring. With the Senate gulping this kind of money from our national treasury, the least we expect from them is to be who they are supposed to be : the voice of the people. The Electoral Act Ammendment Bill was the last hope of the masses for free, fair and credible elections but not anymore. The Senate has bowed to the executive because, as they have shown, they are an extension of them. This is not what “seamlessly working together with the executive,” according to the Senate President, is. This is forsaking constituents who pledged their vote to you. The 9th Senate might be the worst in our nation’s history because we have never been in need of a pro-people legislature more than in these trying times. While our beloved country continues to groan under the weight of the fall of the naira, terrorism, poverty and all kinds of unbefitting menace, conversations on the floor of the house should be about driving the country forward but, unfortunately, their actions don’t correlate with what they say. Now, primaries in political parties can go haywire, rogues and people of questionable character can leverage the weakness of the Senate to emerge as standard-bearers, leaving a majority of Nigerians with no choice other than the devil, deep blue sea and ravenous wolves in 2023. Many will argue that it’s a democracy and that political parties can decide their standard-bearers in their chairman’s living room. That’s half right. The only people who will be happy about this news are money bag politicians who are ready to silence other aspirants with money and hate the mental task of getting people on their side with tangible offerings. And as we have always observed in our political parties, the primary election is the abattoir where the most capable candidates are slaughtered and silenced for the emergence of the inept. That’s what the Nigerian Senate just enabled. As for the president, this is unbecoming of a democratically elected president and a so-called converted democrat. Maybe his conversion will be complete when he finally gets out of office. He was truthful when he said, in a recent interview, that the 2023 elections are not his concern. But isn’t he supposed to at least lay a good foundation while he has the power to? I knew he would never assent to the initial copy of the bill sent to him in November 2021 and he didn’t disappoint me. From his first day in office, there has been no sign that he wants to run a serious regime. The feeling has been military-like and undemocratic. Anger, frustration and disappointment have become the emotions of the Nigerian majority who cannot wait to sail through such a calamitous regime. The only gift we asked of him before his imminent departure is to help ensure that the will of the majority prevails in the next elections but he wouldn’t have that. Nigerians gave him a chance to put words to action and imprint his name on the sands of time with the original Electoral Act Amendment Bill that made direct primary compulsory but again like he always did, he blew his chance. Yet he wants us to believe he is an unflinching supporter of free, fair and credible elections in 2023. No. We know who he is and we have been deceived enough. Read Also