Senate Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, on Wednesday proposed a drastic reduction in the allowance of members of the National Assembly as one of the ways to cut the cost of governance in the country.
The Osun Central lawmaker, who was contributing to the debate on the general principle of the 2018 budget, noted that those who claimed that the fiscal estimate is over bloated missed the point.
He insisted that if the N8.612 trillion budget must be reduced the starting point should be reduction of National Assembly members’ allowance.
The Chairman of Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, in his contribution noted that the oil production estimate of 2.3 million barrels per day is ambitious but achievable.
The Katsina South lawmaker said that efforts must however be geared toward maintaining the current peace in the Niger Delta.
He urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the cleanup of Ogoniland and other polluted environments.