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Nigeria not ripe for part-time legislature – Tinubu

“There is nothing wrong with part-time legislating if the entire system in Nigeria is working well.”


A senator, Oluremi Tinubu, on Wednesday said that Nigeria was not ripe for part-time legislators.

Mrs. Tinubu, who represents Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Senate, spoke with journalists at the 11th town hall meeting she organised to empower her constituents in Lagos.

She said that part-time legislating would be counter-productive, except the nation had a better constitution.

“There is nothing wrong with part-time legislating if the entire system in Nigeria is working well.

“With the situation in the country, the oversight function of the legislature has become so huge that part-time meetings cannot handle it for now,’’ she said.

According to her, a part-time legislature is a very delicate issue for the country and there is the need for Nigerians to be careful with the laws they intended to pass.

Delegates at the ongoing National Conference had proposed that legislators in the Nigerian parliament should function on part-time basis to reduce the cost of governance.

Earlier, while addressing members of her constituency, Mrs. Tinubu said that there was hope that Nigeria would overcome all odds and rise above its challenges.

The senator, however, said that efforts must be geared toward addressing problems of education and healthcare, among others, in the country.

She identified them as some of the underlying issues promoting insecurity in the country.

The senator said: “Our march towards the Nigeria of our dreams will be hindered if insecurity persists.

“I have tried to play my part by channeling my legislative efforts, constituency empowerment initiatives and infrastructure projects obtained through various committees toward education, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation and rehabilitation of those at the crossroads of life.”

Fifteen physically challenged persons receivedN100, 000 each as startup capital for businesses under the Oluremi Tinubu Good Boys and Girls Empowerment Scheme.

She also presented free forms to 220 beneficiaries aspiring to sit for the forthcoming GCE examinations.

The Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Oluronti Adegbunle; a former Deputy Governor of the state, Femi Pedro, and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress were among dignitaries at the event.


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