by Say Ramoni
Nigerians have criticized the frequent recess embarked upon by members of the National Assembly.
The criticism is sequel to the adjournment of deliberations at the national assembly for another long recess.
In a survey conducted by our correspondent in Lagos, many of the respondents are disenchanted with the Lawmakers for going on another long break, after sitting for just fifteen days.
They wonder why those they have elected to serve them will be on holidays for most part of the year and still earn mouth-watering salaries and allowances that many hardworking Nigerians cannot
even get in their life time would always embark on recess.
The National Assembly has been on recess for most of the twelve weeks it has spent since inauguration on June 6.
In a related development, a Legal practitioner and activist Walson Jack has advised members of the National Assembly to see sense in the agitation by Nigerians that much is expected from them.
He wants the lawmakers to be very cautious of the number of days they proceed on leave.
“The national assembly needs to be cautious of the number of days it proceeds on vacations. They actually have just eighty nine days to play with. Things can’t be the same; there is change in the air”.
The legal practitioner also advised members of the National Assembly to synchronize their agenda with that of the Executive arm of government with a view to driving the change Nigerians are yearning for in all facets of national life.
For many Nigerians, the National Assembly has been a drain pipe for the nation’s resources.
The institution has not helped matters either, with its internal bickering and incessant holidays.
While some lawmakers claim that going on recess does not stop activities of the legislative arm of government, Nigerians say they are desirous of focused and action oriented lawmakers who would sacrifice their time and resources to make laws that would herald the much needed change in the country.