- The deputy leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, says those calling for the scrapping of the Senate are doing so out of Ignorance
- Senator Na’Allah states that the creation of the bicameral legislature is to ensure that there is no disparity in representation that will exist in a unicameral House of Representatives
- The deputy leader of the Senate explains that with the bicameral system, no house can override the other as they must agree on any issue
The deputy leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, has faulted the calls of some Nigerians calling for the scrapping of the Senate.
Na’Allah said those calling for the scrapping of the Senate were doing so out of Ignorance.
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He made the statement in an interview with Bamikole Omishore, an aide to the president of the Senate, published on the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian Senate @NGRSenate on Monday, June 26.
The deputy Senate leader noted that the creation of the Senate is to ensure that there was no disparity in representation that will exist in a unicameral House of Representatives.
According to Na’Allah, over 50 percent of the members of the House of Representatives are from the north and as such could influence any bill in their favour against the south.
He said the framers of the Nigerian constitution established a bicameral legislature to protect other ethnic groups from being marginalised.
“People do not understand the wisdom of the framers of our constitution when they decided to domicile the issue of budgeting in the National Assembly," Na’Allah said.
“The reason for this is because of our multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic society where ever part has expressed fear of domination.
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"Let us assume that we can have the House of Representatives and avoid the Senate, technically more than 67 percent of the National Assembly will be from the Northern part of Nigeria.
"Democratically if everything is going to be put to vote it means the North will always have a share in whatever is wanted in this country.
“This is not the intention of the framers of our constitution,” he said.
Below are clips from the interview:
Na’Allah further explained that with the bicameral system, no house can override the other as they must agree on any issue.
Meanwhile, the Senate has warned Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, to stop spreading wrong information and half-truth about the 2017 budget as the legislators worked to ensure equity across the country on all new and outstanding projects.
This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, on Friday, June 23, Vanguard reports.
According to the Senate, Fashola did not give members of the public full details about the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which has been on a private finance initiative from the beginning.
The Senate claimed that minister would prefer an arrangement that allows the Ministry to continue to award contracts and fund the project through Government budgetary allocation at a time when the nation's revenue is dwindling and at an all-time low.
In the video below, NAIJ.com TV took to the streets of Lagos to ask Nigerians if they support the calls for the scrapping of the Senate.