Godswill Akpabio, the president of the Senate, claims that among the three Arms of government, lawmakers are the ones that Nigerians misunderstand and criticize the most.
He claims that Nigerians hold parliamentarians accountable for everything, even for circumstances that are beyond of their immediate control.
This was said on Sunday during the 100th birthday colloquium of Second Republic politician Senator Kunle Oyero, which was hosted by the Abeokuta Grammar School Old Boys Association in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The senator was represented by Senator Shuaib Salisu, a senator from Ogun Central.
According to Akpabio, the legislature is the one branch of government that the public doesn’t truly comprehend and that is frequently mocked and attacked. In actuality, there are instances when people believe lawmakers do nothing at all.
The issue is that the electorate’s metric for evaluating lawmakers’ performance differs from what is taught in the curriculum. According to the syllabus, a legislator’s three main responsibilities are to enact laws, carry out oversight duties, and make appropriations.
“However, the number of transformers and other tangible gifts that legislators give to the constituents they represent is the yardstick by which legislators are judged, so any senator who limits himself to that will not receive a return ticket, not even from his party.”
On the other hand, AGSOBA’s Global President, Sunday Oduntan, argued in favor of part-time employment for parliamentarians.
“No one ought to bear the guilt for anything. Our main issue is the way we operate and the way things are structured. Having decent rules is one thing, but putting them into practice is quite another, and I believe that’s where the issue lies. He continued, “The political landscape might be much better.