Rep wants N37b meant to renovate NASS to cater for out-of-school children
A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Farah Dagogo, yesterday canvassed the usage of N37 billion meant for renovation of the National Assembly Complex for out-of-school children.
Dagogo, who spoke during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja, said that the socio-economic development of the country could only be actualised if the citizenry are well-educated.
The lawmaker, therefore, urged his colleagues to make sacrifices from their allowances and salaries to sponsor out-of-school children in their various constituencies.
Dagogo said that the Ninth National Assembly is known for its unalloyed sacrifices for the country and as such, prioritising and finding a lasting solution to the out-of-school debacle, will not be out of character for the federal lawmakers.
He said: “First and foremost, I must commend the leadership of the House of Representatives for its well thought-out plan with a special plenary on the menace of the out-of-school- children. Unfortunately, I was not at that session but I am in complete tune and alignment with the positions canvassed for its solution.
“I am particularly happy that the Minority Leader urged members to make sacrifices from their salaries and allowances to curb the menace. That’s good but I think using a legislative backing to rework the N37 billion already budgeted for the renovation of the National Assembly for our out-of-school children should be thoroughly considered.
“Also, the planned purchase of vehicles for members should be jettisoned now and rather channelled to the project. Doing so diligently will prove the Ninth National Assembly members as a group willing and ready to sacrifice their comfort for the benefits of the masses.”
“We all know the financial quagmire the country is facing today, government at various levels are working round the clock to improve the lives of the masses, but if we are truly desirous of getting this out-of-school children debacle right, renovation of the National Assembly, purchase of cars and other sundry matters should be shelved. The priority should be how to better the lives of our children for the future.
“Even if most people would not want to admit it, the National Assembly is an institution known for taking proactive steps and measures that serve the interest of the country,” he added.