A Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mike Ozekhome, has stated that Nigerians do not need a new National Dialogue, as recommended by the 17 Southern States Governors recently, Page 36 learnt.
Speaking on Thursday, in Anambra State, on the topic: ‘Legal profession in a lawless society’, at the 25th Law Week of the Awka branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ozekhome said that the call for a new Conference is not necessary, especially considering that the recommendations of the one which held in 2014, under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, has not been implemented or even looked at.
His words: “I was at the 2014 national conference headed by late Justice Idris Kutigi. The over 200 recommendation we made at that conference was yet to be touched.
“The recommendations of the conference that consisted of 492 Nigerians, drawn from all strata, has never been touched by this government, even with a 10-foot pole. So, when I heard the 17 Southern governors talking about another conference, I knew they meant well for the country, but we do not need another dialogue.
“Let them go to the 2014 recommendations, they will see that we recommended state police, we recommended part-time legislature. The constitution made the sitting of members of the national assembly six months, but they are receiving fat salaries.
“What are we doing with 306 House of Representatives members? What are we doing with 109 senators, what are we doing with them? Why not make it a unicameral legislature or part-time so that those who are genuinely interested can come and serve the nation, sit and go. We can’t grow like this.”
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