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National assembly advised to redeem image

By IWPR Nigeria

 

 

 

    

 

Some federal lawmakers have advised new members to work on improving the image of the National Assembly.
The advice came as members of parliament gave their valedictory speeches at the end of the sixth session of the assembly.

The National Assembly has in recent times been involved in different scandals, ranging from receiving huge and unaccounted-for bonuses to bribery to influence the consideration of bills at the plenary.

Some notable scandals include the alleged embezzlement of legislators’ pay by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and financial demands by senators before agreeing to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill.

Abike Dabiri, a member of the lower chamber of the National Assembly, representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State, told our correspondent that the protection of the image of the house was a collective responsibility.