Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), the Founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti, has made an appeal to President Bola Tinubu’s government. He urged for a comprehensive restructuring of the system through constitutional amendments in order to address certain political and social imbalances that are evident.
Babalola emphasized the necessity of discontinuing the exorbitant allowances provided to former presidents, vice presidents, governors, deputy governors, federal and state lawmakers, as well as other political appointees. During the 63rd annual general meeting of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, themed ‘Promoting Public-Private Partnership for National Development,’ the esteemed Senior Advocate of Nigeria also recommended prohibiting office holders from possessing foreign accounts.
He stated, “Beginning from the 10th National Assembly, federal and state lawmakers should receive only sitting allowances and not salaries.
“What is being paid to the political office holders as severance packages while leaving office is outrageous and deplorable. It has to stop. All such perks should stop if the country is to make progress.”
He made a plea to the Federal Government, urging them to guarantee the safety of individuals and assets in order to entice global investors to invest in the nation.