By Kurtis Adigba

Why the President/NASS Should Consider Converting Into Part-Time Assembly

Posted on: November 23, 2020

Mr President should approach the leadership of the NAtional Assembly with a request for them to convert NASS into a part-time Assembly with sitting allowances not exceeding 135 days in a year, as part of cost-cutting measures to free cash for other important things.

State Governors should also approach the leadership of the State Houses of Assembly with the same requests.

There is nothing the National Assembly and the Houses of Assembly are doing right now that cannot be accomplished within 135 days. The President and the Governors will have power to convey special sessions of the NASS and the Houses of Assembly in cases of emergencies or special events.

The State of Texas is a big one. The Texas Assembly seats for only Four and half months every year. The Governor can call a special session if one is needed.

Apart from the budget, which is an annual thing, the rest are bills and motions( of urgent national importance). These things can be done outside of session. Bills and motions can be initiated, discussed out of session, and passed in session.

For this to happen, the Constitution must be amended. 

The question is: will the leadership and members of NASS and that of the State Houses of Assembly be willing to do so? They should. 

They can chose between doing something bigger than themselves and their personal interests, and save this country from going bankrupt, or becoming hopelessly indebted, and their selfish interest. This is a call to duty on behalf of the people and country.

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Kurtis Adigba

Kurtis Udenyi Adigba is an Attorney at law and a political consultant. His greatest passion is to see Nigeria make real progress and to take her rightful place in the world. He is keen on improving and enhancing the processes of democracy. He believes that politics is the greatest force for doing the greatest good and is not a blood sport as many people think.
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