- The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) says Senator Rochas Okorocha spoke the truth concerning the need to reduce cost of running the National Assembly
- CNPP also declares support for Ali Ndume's bill on telecoms tax saying it is the lesser evil of the Value Added Tax (VAT)
- The CNPP wonders what three senators can do that an one lawmaker from a state can not achieve
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), on Wednesday, October 9, declared its support for the call by Senator Rochas Okorocha for the reduction of lawmakers who make up the Senate of the National Assembly.
The CNPP, which is an umbrella body for all the political parties in Nigeria, also reacted to the bill for a law to impose a communication service tax in replacement for the federal government's proposed 2.5% increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT).
According to the CNPP, the proposed telecoms tax is less burdensome on the masses.
Okorocha, a former governor of Imo state, had proposed tat the National Assembly adopt reduced number of lawmakers and make it one member per state so as to force down the cost of governance.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng and signed by the secretary general of the CNPP, Willy Ezugwu, the organisation said: "For us, the bill proposing levy on electronic communication services like voice calls, SMS, MMS, data usage and pay per view TV stations is a lesser evil.
"The impact on the ordinary citizens will be less burdensome than the proposed 7.5 percent VAT the federal government wants to slam on the already impoverished masses of Nigeria."
Concerning Okorocha's proposal, the CNPP said the governor simply told Nigerians the truth when he said what three senators from a state can do, one lawmaker is capable of handling same.
"Like Senator Okorocha said what is too sacrosanct that senators and House of Representatives members were doing that only senator per state could not do?
"We therefore urge Senator Okorocha to urgently sponsor a bill for the amendment of relevant sections of the constitution in line with his thoughts to conserve funds for capital projects to the benefit of poor Nigerians," the CNPP counselled.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Okorocha, who represents Imo West senatorial district, revealed the only way to cut the cost in the running of legislative arm of the government in Nigeria.
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