Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi says Nigeria can survive as a nation without the Senate as all the country really needs is a unicameral legislature.
Speaking at the just concluded 25th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group conference, Fayemi said Nigeria has to look into the size of government and find means of reducing running costs.
His words: “We do need to look at the size of government in Nigeria and I am an advocate of a unicameral legislature. What we really need is the House of Representatives because that is what represents.
“You have three senators from little Ekiti and you have three senators from Lagos State. It’s a no-brainer that is unequal. I guess the principle is not proportionality but that if you are a state, you get it automatically, but I think that we can do away with that.
“There are several things that we can do away within the government. The Oronsaye report that proposed mergers of several MDAs that are doing the same thing is something that the government should pay serious attention to and reduce the resources being expended on them.”
Nigeria’s National Assembly consists of a senate with 109 members and a 360-member House of Representatives.