Lawyer can­vasses part-time for NASS mem­bers

Daily Trust - - LAW - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

A le­gal prac­ti­tioner, Fran­cis On­wuachi has said Na­tional As­sem­bly should be bet­ter run as part time than the way it is cur­rently be­ing run in view of its cost im­pli­ca­tions.

He said law­mak­ers in both up­per and lower cham­bers should not be en­gaged on full time ba­sis, but should have their own jobs and should visit the leg­is­la­ture only when duty calls.

On­wuachi made the as­ser­tion at the week­end in Awka, Anam­bra state, while field­ing ques­tions from news­men on his po­si­tion on the re­struc­tur­ing as re­gards lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­ton­omy.

He main­tained that the lo­cal gov­ern­ments should be fully au­ton­o­mous, but added that there should be checks and bal­ances to en­sure proper ac­count­abil­ity of rev­enue al­lot­ted to them.

De­scrib­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment as grass­roots ori­ented, the le­gal prac­ti­tioner ar­gued that rather than con­tem­plate scrap­ping it, the Na­tional As­sem­bly should be made part time, or bet­ter still scrapped.

“If any­thing should be scrapped, it is the Na­tional As­sem­bly. Let it be part­time. When I say part-time, who­ever goes there must have a work.

“For in­stance, I am a lawyer. If I’m go­ing there, I know I would spend few days and go back to my job. Most of them, with due re­spect, are jobless, they don’t have any other things they are do­ing,” he added.

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