A member of the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo (PDP-Rivers), has advised members of the National Assembly (NASS) to forgo the planned 37 billion renovation of the National Assembly as well as the purchase of vehicles for members of NASS.
He stressed that all renovations and car purchases should be sacrificed for now and rather channelled towards tackling the growing menace of out-of-school children through the provision of education.
Dagogo who spoke in Abuja on Monday, at a press briefing said: “First and foremost, I must commend the leadership of the House of Representatives for its well thought out plan with a Special Plenary on the menace of the out-of-school- children.”
Although being absent from the session held on Thursday, Dagogo stated that he is completely in tune with the positions.
In support of the motion, Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu urged fellow lawmakers to make sacrifices from their allowances and salaries to sponsor out of school children in their various constituencies.
He noted that the National Assembly, especially the 9th Assembly, is known for its sacrifices for the country, and as such prioritizing and finding a lasting solution to the out-of-school situation. Dagogo expressed his happiness that the Minority Leader urged members to make sacrifices from their salaries and allowances to curb the menace.
“That’s good but I think using a legislative backing to rework the 37 billion already budgeted for the renovation of the National Assembly for our out-of – school-children should be thoroughly considered,” he stated.
He further stated that “the planned purchase of vehicles for members should be jettisoned now and rather channelled to the project. Doing so diligently will prove the National Assembly, especially this 9th Assembly, as a group who are willing and ready to sacrifice their comfort for the benefits of the masses, who are also our constituents.”
He concluded that “We all know the financial quagmire the country is facing today, government at various levels are working round the clock to improve the lives of the masses, but if we are truly desirous of getting this out-of-school children debacle right, renovation of National Assembly, purchase of cars and other sundry matters, should be shelved, the priority should be how to better the lives of our children for the future.”
However, he stressed that despite most of the lawmakers not admitting to it, “the National Assembly is an institution known for taking proactive steps and measures that serves the interest of the country; this is another moment to test that character.”