As a Member of the National Assembly, I want to clearly state that I sincerely do not think we need a 37 billion Naira renovation of the National Assembly at this time.
Apart from the Chambers of the NASS which need some upgrade in the audio and recording systems, the entire structure needs no renovation more than our classrooms, hospitals and roads which are mostly in a decrepit condition.
As an advocate of an aggressive microcredit strategy for job creation, I would rather want to see 370,000 small businesses get 100k interest free loan within 12 months rather than have 1 edifice swallow that sum within the same period.
If we mop up all funds voted for renovations of the Presidential villa and other offices of political leaders and top civil servants, we will raise more than a quarter of a trillion Naira that can be injected into SMES in the coming year.
I will, by God’s grace, be making this open advocacy on the floor of the House of Representatives when the House reconvenes in January.
It is never late to change a wrong policy!