The Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, has called for the removal of privileges and paraphernalia of office attached to Principal Officers of the National Assembly asserting that it would make the offices less attractive.
Recalling the tussle for the leadership of the NASS that almost grounded the third arm of government, Ndume said the quest to clinch the principal offices led to rancour and mutual suspicion stressing that many had attributed the unnecessary struggle to clinch the offices to the pecks attached to them.
Senator Ndume, who disclosed this in an interactive session with newsmen in Maiduguri, said if these privileges are removed it would not only make the offices less attractive but would pave the way for the right persons to vie for them.
“The Senate President is just one among equals and was elected primarily to represent his people in the national assembly. Note that once the principal officer loses office all the privileges and paraphernalia of office are lost unlike in the executive arm where the President retains some of these privileges even outside office.”
He expressed happiness that the crisis has ended noting it was resolved because, like minds decided to come together for the sake of the nation to reconcile and assured that the senate would settle down to face the main task the members were elected for. “We have put the differences behind us.”
The Senate leader said Nigerians would witness a rapid legislative transformation, as the senate is changing from what he called “analogue legislation to digital era”, where the business of the senate would be communicated to each senator a day before plenary so that each one would be thoroughly prepared for debate the next day.
He assured that the national assembly would cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption, and efforts to maintain security and reduce unemployment in the country.
On the demise of the Deputy Governor, Late Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, Senator Ndume said, he was yet to recover from the shock and recalled that they were together at his Abuja lodge just hours before his demise.
He described the late deputy governor, as committed, dedicated, intelligent and hardworking gentleman and it will be hard to fill the vacuum created, as according to him, each human being is created unique and no two human beings are the same.

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