14th December, 2010
Professor Pat Utomi, the Chairman of the Social Democratic Mega Party has assertedÂ that if theÂ Nigerian public expects members of the National Assembly to change,Â they areÂ asking for the impossible.
He made the assertion owhile speaking withÂ newsmen in his Ikoyi home recently.
Utomi revealed that far more than Sanusi dared speak of during a public forum at theÂ University of Benin, the legislators are fleecing the nation and impedingÂ development in the most scandalous ways.
â€œIt is common knowledge that there is no ministry, department or parastatal thatÂ gets its budget passed without conceeding a percentage of it to them in bribes. ItÂ got to such an exasperating level that a friend of mine heading a parastatal loudlyÂ complained that key funds planned to effect developmental changes in the parastatalÂ are conceeded to the rapacious ways of these legislators.
“And if you confront them with these facts, they would come up with the lame excuseÂ that it cost them plenty to get to where they are,â€ Utomi stated.
â€œIt would take strong peopleâ€™s action in which we would march up to the NationalÂ Assembly to demand for the mass resignation of these legislators before we canÂ reinstate sanity in the system,â€ he added.
He pointed out that nothing short of concerted efforts by the people to sack theÂ legislators and insist on the running of the chambers by committed men and womenÂ would save the nation from the greedy ways of the legislators.
Utomi reiterated his call for a part-time legislature in contrast to the presentÂ full-time legislators. â€œI have said times without number that what this nation needsÂ is a Part-Time Legislature in which elected officials working as everydayÂ professionals; lawyers, doctors, engineers, journalists, business-people, leaders ofÂ industry and so on, would come together a few weeks in the year to review theÂ workings of legislations on the polity and make new laws.â€
He condemned the present system in which the legislators would live in the splendourÂ of Abuja, far away from the sufferings and realities of everyday living in Nigeria.Â â€œNo meaningful legislation would come from such style of working,â€ he said.
Copyright protected by Digiprove © 2010 P.M.News