Nigeria too poor to practise presidential system – Senator Ndume

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, said Nigeria did not fall into the category of countries fit to practise presidential system.

Ndume opined this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Senator, representing Borno South, said the presidential system was too expensive for a poor country like Nigeria. Instead he advocated for parliamentary system that would enable lawmakers to work on part-time with a pay cut.

According to him: “We can make the National Assembly a part-time arrangement for now, since we conduct our sitting once or twice in a week these days.

“If we make it part-time, that means our salaries must be reduced. The reality is that we can’t continue in a situation like this where 70 per cent of the country’s budget is going to personnel and recurrent expenditure as if everything is okay.”

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