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Akeredolu Demands Scrapping Of Senate, Return To 1963 Constitution

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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Tuesday, advocated the scrapping of the Senate with each zones having an equal number of four representatives at the National Assembly.

Akeredolu made this disclosure at the Akure Centre of the Southwest Zonal Public Hearing, organised by the House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review.

The governor, represented by his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said that the country should adopt a unicameral legislature and jetison the current bicameral structure.

“The membership of the Assembly should be part-time. No member should earn allowances not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee, and the people they claim to serve.

“Legislators should earn under a uniform salary structure. Allowance peculiarities must not be about obscenity. The Senate should be scrapped.

“The House of Representatives too should not be unwieldy. A maximum of four representatives should come from each Zone,” he said.

Akeredolu advocated for the creation of state police, resource control, judicial reforms, especially with zones having their court of appeals.

The governor also called for a return to the 1963 Republican Constitution, saying all issues which elicited distrust and suspicion must be investigated dispassionately.

He added that constitution review was an important assignment which must be undertaken with all seriousness.